Stress symptoms may be affecting your health, even though you might not realize it. You may think illness is to blame for that nagging headache, your frequent insomnia or your decreased productivity at work. But stress may actually be the culprit. Indeed, stress symptoms can affect your body, your thoughts and feelings, and your behavior. Being able to recognize common stress symptoms can give you a jump on managing them. Stress that’s left unchecked can contribute to health problems such as high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity and diabetes. Of course, if you’re not sure if stress is the cause or if you’ve taken steps to control your stress but your symptoms continue, see your doctor. Your doctor may want to check for other potential causes. Also, if you have chest pain, especially if it occurs during physical activity or is accompanied by shortness of breath, sweating, dizziness, nausea, or pain radiating into your shoulder and arm, get emergency help immediately. These may be warning of a heart attack and not simply stress symptoms. Common effects of stress …|
… On your body| … On your mood| … On your behavior| * Headache * Muscle tension or pain * Chest pain * Fatigue * Change in sex drive * Stomach upset * Sleep problems| * Anxiety * Restlessness * Lack of motivation or focus * Irritability or anger * Sadness or depression| * Overeating or undereating * Angry outbursts * Drug or alcohol abuse * Tobacco use * Social withdrawal| Source: American Psychological Association’s “Stress in America” report, 2010 If you do have stress symptoms, taking steps to manage your stress can have numerous health benefits. Explore stress management strategies such as: * Physical activity
* Relaxation techniques
* Tai chi
As a citizen of Kuwait, I know that many people have this common disease, because it’s one of the ways that most of the old people (from 50-up) die of surgery. Not only does the old people are affected but also the young once. The old people are affected in many ways but the most effective one is when they are stressed or when they are depressed. In countries like America or Canada, because there emotions are changing in a way that shocks them and makes them feel lonely, sad, grumpy, and for the lucky once, they would have other people helping them. In Kuwait, when the parents are frequently teaching there kids there manners and what to do in satiations where they are on there own. One of the first thing that they teach is be good to your elders as well as in the US, but in Kuwait its allot more than that. There is a say in Kuwait where the parents usually say it in front of their kids encouraging while talking to other people. Which is, “if you take care of your parents, your children will take care of you!” So that’s how the Arab people look at thing, and that’s how I look at things when it comes to diseases and specially heart diseases.