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Effects Of Stress

Aug 18, 2007
Often when one is experiencing stress, the first thing that one may notice is the tension. If you have tight muscles that feels hard to your touch and having trouble concentrating ; feeling irritable and jumpy, you should handle this as a warning to have something done about the stress you are under. If you seek help immediately, it may prevent you from having long term effects from stress. It is important to have comfort in one's life.

Do you know the symptoms of stress?

Rapid heartbeat

Headaches

Stiffness in the neck

Tight shoulders

Backache

Rapid breathing

Experiencing extreme sweating or sweaty palms

Upset stomach/ nausea/ or diarrhea

There may be times when one may notice different signs of stress that may effect one's way of thinking ; behavior; or one's mood. They may experience:

Finding oneself irritable or intolerant to just minor disturbances.

Get frustrated or become irritated causing one to lose one's temper or even find oneself yelling at others for no apparent reason.

Being jumpy or feeling exhausted.

Not being able to concentrate or focus.

Worrying about everything for no reason.

Doubting oneself.

Finding oneself imagining negative or terrifying scenes.

Missing out on opportunities due to not being able to react quick enough.

What is acute stress?

Acute stress is commonly known as "(short term stress). This is the body's reaction to a sudden or demanding situation. One may experience different levels of stress according to the intensity; how long the emotion lasts; how one finds oneself able to cope with the demanding situation. It seems humans are quick to recovery from acute stress. Others may find that stress can lead to more problems if their body hasn't had enough time to get back to normal. If an individual has heart problems, they could experience abnormal heart rhythm or even a sudden heart attack.

There are several stress disorders that can be brought on by sexual abuse; war; traumatic events; or even life threatening events. They may be recognized by the terms:

Acute stress disorder

Post -traumatic stress disorder

What if you suffer from chronic stress?

Chronic stress is often brought on by a number of irritating or long term conditions. It may be one's job performance; or having to live with a chronic disease such as cancer. People that suffer from high levels of chronic stress may find that the effects last longer and the lasting effects can effect or cause:

Cardiovascular disease:

High blood pressure

Abnormal heart rhythm

Problems with one's blood clotting

Hardening of arteries

Coronary artery disease

Heart attack

Heart failure

Muscle pain:

Neck

Shoulders

Low back pain

Rheumatoid arthritis

Stomach and Intestinal Problems:

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease

Peptic ulcers

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Reproductive Organs:

Painful menstrual periods

Decreased fertility

Erection problems

Lungs:

Asthma

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

Skin problems:

Acne

Psoriasis

Immune System:

Colds

Infections

Major diseases

It is important to learn how to handle stress in one's life. Once one has learned how to handle stress, they will be able to change their lifestyle to help reduce the stress and be able to cope with the effects of stress. One will find recovery from stress will be a lot quicker.
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