How To Spot Common Stress Symptoms
14th October, 20130 Comments
There are many reasons for the stress we experience every day. Along with stress that can be caused either through unwanted situations or family relationships etc. there is stress that we're put under daily at work too. If you've been feeling easily exhausted or have lost your usual 'get up and go' recently, it might be useful to consider these common stress symptoms to see if any of them have been affecting you.
Firstly, our immune systems can be affected when we're under too much stress. If you've noticed that you're getting cold or flu symptoms more often than usual, it might be time for you to consider taking a well-earned break if that's possible for you.
Many people get a headache now and again, but more serious, tension headaches are the ones to be concerned about. Stress can easily increase the severity of any type of headache and it's possible for these to turn into painful migraines.
Neck and shoulder pains can be caused by holding stress or tension in the muscles there, and sometimes we even hold tension in our scalp or tightly gritted jaws.
Insomnia is another common stress symptom and worry, stress or anxiety experienced during the day can easily turn into a sleepless night. Stress can cause us to wake up before we'd like, usually somewhere between 3am and 5am, meaning we don't get a full night's rest which leaves us feeling exhausted (and therefore more stressed!) the next day. It's 'catch 22'.
Sometimes we can be too stressed to even think clearly. When we're stressed, our brains don't make the same electrical connections as they do when we're not stressed. In fact, a whole chunk of the usual electrical connections are missed out and this is why we often can't make sense of things when we're stressed. It also explains why we often forget things when we're stressed, as our brain isn't making the correct connections to remember or recall important details.
If you experience any of the symptoms mentioned here, it's important that you have them checked by your GP to make sure there is no underlying medical cause for them. If no medical cause is found, they may well have been caused by stress.
There are many techniques that can be used to deal with everyday stress. Hypnotherapy is, of course, the first method I'd recommend.
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