The Effects of Stress and How it Shows Up in Your Life – Part 2

I know you hear a lot about stress but unless you get a grip on stress, stress will get a grip on you and won’t let go.

The second article in this series is meant to give you concrete examples of how stress shows up in your life.

I’m sure you have either experienced or know someone who seems prone to accidents, often gets burned while cooking,  is always tired or gets frequent colds during the winter.  It’s not that you or anyone else is unlucky, unhealthy, clumsy or unfocused.  These are all early warning signs leading to stress overload.

Let’s take a look at the effects stress has on your body.

Physical Stress – Do you often complain of a headache or wake up tired?  Here are some signs of physical stress:

  • Frequent headaches
  • Insomnia
  • Stomach, neck and shoulder pains
  • Frequent colds
  • Excessive tiredness

Watch for frequent colds, pain or excessive tiredness, all which can indicate that your stress level is rising.

Mental Stress – Symptoms of mental stressors may show up as;

  • Confusion
  • Poor concentration
  • Boredom and a negative attitude.

Forgetting to turn off a light is a lot different from not remembering something as important as a doctor’s appointment you have had for months.  Not being able to concentrate on something that you have no interest in is not the same as frequently losing your train of thought while reading your favorite magazine.

Emotional Stress – Lately, have you noticed that you snap at your children, partner, and co-workers more so than usual. Do you find yourself making remarks that you can’t believe poured from your mouth?  Watch for these signs of emotional stress:

  • Irritablility
  • Overly sensitive
  • Impatience
  • Angry
  • Frustration  and Excessive Worry

Stress is most likely the culprit and is  effecting your emotional state. Ask yourself, “what’s going on in my life that is influencing how I feel?  Is it my work, home life, children, family members?”

Emotional stress effects not only your well being but also the people around you who depend on you.

Social Stress –   You’re declining more and more invitations to engage with family and friends.  You would rather just stay home and watch TV.  You just don’t want to be bothered and would rather be just left alone.

  • Isolation
  • Avoidance
  • Lowered sex drive
  • Nagging

Read the final article to learn how you can keep stress at bay.

Gladys Anderson - Life Coach, Therapist, Author

Gladys Anderson, founder of Coach for YOUR Dreams, is a certified life coach, licensed marriage and family therapist, writer and speaker. Gladys combines years of experience, training and a genuine commitment to helping nurses, teachers, therapists and other care giving women to set limits so they have more time, and energy to devote to self-care.




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