Have you ever found yourself with sweaty hands before a presentation at work, or felt your heart pounding during an action-packed movie? Then you know you can feel stress both mentally and physically. We’ve all felt it, some stress can be good, it can be a motivation that keeps us alert, challenged, and ready to avoid danger. However, too much stress can make us sick; you may not even realize but there are many symptoms associated with stress that may be affecting your health.
Physical Stress Symptoms:
- Muscle tension or pain
- Chest pain
- Change in sex drive
- Stomach issues/nausea
- Sleep problems/Insomnia
- Overeating or undereating
Mental Stress Symptoms:
- Lack of motivation or focus
- Feeling overwhelmed
- Irritability or angry outbursts
- Sadness or depression
Stress does not just affect our bodies, it affects our thoughts, feelings, behavior, and mood. Stress that is left unchecked can contribute to many health problems, such as high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity, and diabetes. Everyone is different and stress can affect us in multiple ways, it is important to be able to recognize YOUR common stress symptoms so you are able to manage them more effectively. Here are a few tips on how you can help reduce stress in your life.
How to manage stress:
- Regular physical activity
- Relaxation Techniques (Meditation, yoga, deep breathing)
- Being Social with friends and family (Laughing, keeping a sense of humor)
- “ME” Time (Setting aside time for yourself, hobbies, reading, music, baths, etc.)
If you are not sure that your symptoms are stress related or you have taken steps to manage your stress levels and it does not seem to be improving, see your doctor! Here at the ENT Institute, we want to help you live the life you deserve! Make an appointment today!