When you come face to face with stress, your body goes into defense mode. Even though the days of spearing your next meal and fighting off wild animals are over, the stress you face today is still real and valid. The first step in combatting your stress is recognizing the symptoms. You might be familiar with how your body shows it’s stressed, but some signals are not as obvious.
Along with the textbook symptoms of stress, like anxiety, a pounding heart and headaches, your body has some rather unexpected ways to tell you to chill out. Some more surprising signs that you may be stressed include:
Learn about ways you can relieve stress throughout your day.
Stress doesn’t stop with the above symptoms. You could face some hefty consequences down the road if your stress goes unnoticed or ignored. Chronic stress spares no region of your body when it comes to long-term effects, leading to problems in your:
Along with countless physiological consequences, your mental health can take a toll under chronic stress. Not taking time to relax can have negative effects on your:
Being mindful of and addressing your stress head on might not sound like the most enjoyable thing, but what’s worse than discussing your feelings? All the long-term effects listed above! As a guy, maybe stress doesn’t seem like a big deal, and you’re managing it just fine, but keep in mind that stress can be a serious issue. In fact, OSHA considers stress to be a major hazard in the workplace, with stress-related issues costing American industry more than $300 billion annually.
So though you might feel the need to be strong for everyone around you, remember that it’s important to be the best version of yourself first, for you and your loved ones. As a starting point, take this quick and easy online quiz to see where you stand when it comes to stress.
If you find yourself stressed out, find an outlet, take a little more time for yourself and remember, the healthcare professionals at Sauk Prairie Healthcare are always here to help.