Stress The Silent Killer Part 1

Learn to​ recognise the​ signs before you​ end up in​ a​ crumpled heap!

Stress - it’s part of​ life isn’t it? Stress is​ good!

We subject ourselves to​ stress all the​ time,​ we need some stress,​ at​ work and in​ our daily lives. Without pressure and stress we would simply get nothing done,​ we wouldn’t achieve anything! Stress is​ a​ positive force when it​ invigorates your life and enables you​ to​ realise your dreams. So,​ the​ more,​ the​ better then?

Well,​ think about it​ for a​ moment and be careful what you​ wish for. Just as​ we need oxygen in​ the​ air that we breathe to​ survive,​ pure oxygen will kill us. So it​ is​ with stress,​ we need some,​ but at​ what point does stress then becomes counter productive and a​ destructive force in​ our lives?

How do you​ perceive stress?

Do you​ need the​ “Buzz” of​ that last minute deadline?
Do you​ get a​ “Rush” from the​ responsibilities of​ a​ high-pressure situation?
Do you​ get a​ “High” by creating a​ situation that produces anger or​ fear?
Do you​ say to​ your workmates “I thrive on​ stress”?
Do you​ “live in​ fear” for your job?
Do you​ “Worry” constantly about your abilities at​ work?
Do you​ “Fear” competition at​ work?
Do you​ “Change” behind the​ wheel of​ your car?

Our physiological response to​ stress manifests itself in​ our bodies,​ by producing stimulants and other stress hormones,​ which act as​ mood altering devices,​ so we become much less conscious of​ pain,​ both physical and mental. We can set ourselves a​ dangerous precedent here,​ if​ we choose to​ ignore the​ signs that our bodies use to​ warn us that we are making ourselves vunerable to​ breakdown. Ignore this advice at​ your peril!

A common symptom of​ stress is​ a​ persons lack of​ respect for and enjoyment of,​ eating. the​ stimulants and other stress hormones which makes us tired,​ irritable and angry,​ totally disrupts our digestive function. We also tend to​ make poor choices about eating when we’re stressed either through time constraints or​ a​ desire to​ eat comfort food. According to​ your disposition this will either cause a​ loss of​ appetite,​ depleting your body of​ vitamins,​ minerals and nutrients,​ leading to​ weight loss and poor health,​ or​ weight gain,​ through a​ diet of​ junk food eaten in​ a​ rush,​ leading to​ digestive disorders and other weight-related problems. Poor nutrition will further weaken your resistance to​ illness and allow other symptoms of​ stress to​ develop. It’s a​ downward spiral.

Stress hormones are immensely powerful and have side effects that can quite literally kill you. Stress becomes a​ bad thing when it​ reaches a​ level beyond which you​ feel in​ control any longer,​ when you​ find yourself feeling tense,​ tired and uncomfortable.
It’s not just the​ guy that seems most likely to​ drop dead from a​ stroke or​ a​ heart attack that’s at​ risk here. Stress hormones can contribute to​ ulcers and other severe gastro-intestinal problems,​ diabetes,​ high blood pressure and heart disease. These chemicals are also causal factors in​ a​ host of​ psychological problems such as​ depression and anxiety. it​ can also weaken the​ immune system,​ which makes you​ more susceptible to​ illness and affects the​ body’s ability to​ heal.

Ask yourself - am I stressed or​ am I in​ denial?
How much stress is​ too much stress?

Well,​ we’re all unique,​ and everyone experiences stress differently.

So how do we go about recognising the​ signs before it​ becomes a​ serious problem?
First,​ check the​ following lists and be honest with yourself. if​ you​ start to​ exhibit some of​ these symptoms,​ they may be warning signs that your stress levels are becoming a​ cause for concern. Your body and your emotions are attempting to​ give you​ a​ “wake-up” call. Listen to​ what your body is​ telling you.

- Upset stomach
- Stomach pains
- Loss of​ appetite
- Severe headaches
- Dizziness
- Irritability
- Nervous Tick or​ Blinking
- Insomnia
- Chronic fatigue
- Pain in​ the​ neck and shoulders and back
- Stiff neck and shoulders or​ back
- Teeth Grinding
- Poor focus and memory

How you​ feel can indicate signs of​ stress too,​ look for the​ following:
- Anxious
- Depressed
- Frustrated
- Hustled
- Overloaded
- Pressured
- Tense
- Worried

Identifying stress at​ the​ early stages makes it​ so much easier to​ treat. Good habits can be adopted to​ ensure that you​ have a​ good work/life balance and stress reduction becomes a​ manageable exercise.

Learn to​ recognise the​ signs that stress is​ starting to​ build up and be prepared to​ act quickly on​ the​ problems causing this,​ because problems seem to​ grow in​ intensity if​ they are not dealt with. the​ relief will be instant and you’ll be glad that you​ did.
It’s important to​ realise that you​ always have choices and learning how to​ properly manage stress will make you​ a​ happier person and really will improve your life.

If we are honest with ourselves,​ we can recognise the​ signs that stress is​ reaching an​ abnormal level,​ but of​ course it’s different for everyone. the​ situation can become more serious when the​ sufferer is​ in​ denial of​ the​ obvious,​ when stress levels can then reach intolerable levels before the​ sufferer has a​ serious,​ sometimes catastrophic health crisis.

Stress can cause serious illness and even if​ it​ doesn't go on​ to​ do that; it​ can make you​ thoroughly miserable in​ the​ meantime. This article isn't supposed to​ scare,​ but to​ make you​ aware and to​ inspire you​ to​ take preventative action before it’s too late.

In Part 2 of​ this article we’ll look at​ stress reduction and explore lots of​ simple ideas that you​ can apply,​ which are sure-fire stress busters that will help you​ clear the​ clutter and return the​ sparkle to​ your mind.

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