Friday, July 4, 2008

Are you stressed?

Stress can affect your health. I have heard that excessive stress could lead to illnesses such as heart problems and cancer. I was checking out some information and came across this.

Some excerpts from it:

Signs and symptoms of excessive stress can show in our health, our thoughts, our feelings, and our behavior. Excessive and chronic stress can create disease and discomfort physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually, and socially.

More frequent "hot" stress responses can result in an inability to concentrate, obsessive thinking, chronic tension and anxiety, chronic depression or boredom, broken relationships, and aggressive outbursts. Our behavior can be reflective of our stress levels when we act impulsively, increase consumption of food, tobacco, alcohol, or other drugs; are easily startled, grind our teeth, or cry inappropriately.

Physically, we can respond to excessive stress by sweating, increased heart rate, increased breathing, headaches, backaches, tight muscles, changes in appetite, or even nausea. Over time, chronic excessive stress has shown to be linked to high blood pressure, heart disease, cancers, and increased incidents of cold or flu virus infections. The major causes of death in the United States are lifestyle related, and be reduced with the help of stress management.

So, if you're feeling stressed and your body is confirming it, it's time for a time-out before it's too late.

As for me, I'm back to drinking coffee, feeling tight and aching muscles, tired and bored, sleepy, lazy. I need a time-out. The question now is "When and how?"

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