How To Detect The Warning Signs Of Stress Early

How to​ Detect the​ Warning Signs of​ Stress Early

Stress is​ the​ bodily response to​ demands made upon it. it​ must be emphasized that stress is​ caused by our bodily reaction to​ the​ external events or​ environment,​ and not the​ external events or​ environment themselves. the​ similar external event,​ for example when asked to​ make a​ speech,​ can have very different responses from different people. Some people may view that as​ an​ opportunity to​ show off his skills or​ to​ express their view or​ even to​ improve their public speaking skills. on​ the​ other hand,​ some people may fear their speech will display their ignorance or​ incapability.

While stress that is​ short and ends quickly may be good for the​ body,​ stress that goes on​ for a​ longer time without sufficient relief can cause much damage to​ not only our bodies but many other aspects of​ our lives,​ such as​ damage to​ our relationships or​ personalities.

It is​ therefore vital that we are able to​ detect when that stress period and level exceeds the​ healthy limit. Fortunately,​ it​ is​ not too difficult to​ detect the​ warning signs of​ stress,​ although to​ detect the​ signs during the​ early stage of​ stress is​ not so straight forward.

We shall discuss the​ warning signs and symptoms of​ stress under the​ following three categories:

1. Physical Signs of​ Stress

In the​ presence of​ a​ stressor,​ the​ body responds by the​ release of​ adrenaline to​ enable it​ to​ take explosive actions for survival or​ high performance. if​ the​ stress is​ relieved,​ the​ body goes back to​ normal conditions. on​ the​ other hand,​ after prolong period of​ stressful conditions many other physical conditions begin to​ exhibit themselves. the​ apparent signs include

- Heart beats faster and stronger
- Perspiration increases resulting in​ sweaty hands/ palms and even sweats may appear all over the​ body (even during sleep)
- Headaches and chronic pains in​ various parts of​ the​ body
- Pain or​ tightness of​ the​ chest,​ neck,​ jaw and back muscles. the​ jaw may clench,​ the​ teeth may grit resulting in​ stuttering and other speech difficulties,​ and the​ muscles may tremble and twitch
- Restlessness and nervous ticks
- Skin crawls and pales.
- Nausea and vomiting because the​ body tries to​ repulse foreign particles in​ the​ stomach. May also experience 'Butterflies in​ stomach'
- Diarrhea because the​ colon work faster and repel the​ waste before it​ has absorbed the​ water (and other materials).

The not so apparent physical signs of​ stress include

- Blood pressure may rise significantly which is​ bad for the​ arteries and heart in​ the​ long run and in​ the​ short term the​ pressure may rise above what the​ body can cope for one who already has high blood pressure
- Increased sugar and insulin levels in​ the​ bloodstream
- Increased cholesterol in​ the​ bloodstream
- Addition of​ coagulates to​ blood
- Indigestion and constipation
- Urinary hesitancy or​ increase frequency
- Increased cortisone from adrenal glands
- Increased thyroid hormone in​ bloodstream
- Increased endorphins from hypothalamus
- Decrease in​ sex hormones in​ the​ bloodstream
- Premenstrual tension.
- Fall sick more easily because of​ weaken immune system
- Excessive fatigue

2. Emotional Signs of​ Stress

Stress affects the​ emotional life too. it​ often causes emotional upsets in​ people such as

- Aggression,​ hostility and jealousy.
- Impatience,​ anger and anxiety.
- Stammering and other speech difficulties
- Loss of​ sexual desire and even infertility
- Withdrawal from social life because of​ difficulty in​ coping with group situations.
- Loss of​ peace of​ mind and become restless,​ anxious and feeling of​ insecurity
- Nightmares as​ a​ natural attempt to​ solve problem during dreams
- Emotional upsets
- Loss of​ positive spirit and become critical
- Impulsive behavior,​ irritable and moody
- Irregular,​ over or​ under eating
- Crying for no apparent reasons

3. Cognitive and Perceptive Signs of​ Stress

Stress often leads to​ a​ significant decline in​ the​ cognitive faculties in​ human beings. People lose the​ capacity to​ think rationally such as

- Forgetfulness and memory loss and people fail to​ remember even small things.
- Carelessness and irresponsible acts
- Lack of​ attention to​ detail and fail to​ think from a​ broader perspective
- Compulsive behavior and loss of​ clear thinking ability
- Reduced capacity to​ think creatively
- Disorganization of​ thought and productivity falls.
- Use of​ intoxicating substances such as​ cigarette,​ alcohol or​ drugs

Some of​ these signs and symptoms,​ such as​ heart beat rate,​ blood pressure and blood sugar,​ can be measured objectively. For the​ rest,​ we have to​ rely on​ our own awareness and the​ alertness of​ other people around us to​ the​ signs and symptoms that we may exhibit. it​ is​ therefore vital that we observe and notice our own as​ well as​ others' signs and symptoms of​ excessive stress so that corrective actions can be taken before stress take a​ better hold on​ us.

We shall discuss the​ actions we can take to​ manage our stress and the​ stress of​ others around us in​ a​ separate article.

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