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STRESS 101: Causes, Symptoms and Relief

Understand Your Body’s Stress Response
Stress is the body’s internal response to perceived threat or danger. Unfortunately, the body doesn’t distinguish between physical danger and the thoughts in our heads, so we often respond to common circumstances as if they life threatening when they actually aren’t.

8 Unexpected Causes of Stress
Two people could have the same stressful circumstance, and handle it completely differently based on their internal framework.
These are some common thought processes and perspectives that create the internal framework of many anxious and stressed out people.

  1. Discomfort with the unknown
  2. Need for Control
  3. Pessimism
  4. Negative Self Talk
  5. Unrealistic Expectations
  6. Insecurity
  7. Perfectionism
  8. Lack of Assertiveness
35 Symptoms of Stress
Stress starts in our thoughts and feelings…

Cognitive Symptoms:

1. Negativity
2. Racing thoughts
3. Poor judgement
4. Memory problems
5. Difficulty Concentrating
Emotional Symptoms:

  1. Worrying
  2. Moodiness
  3. Irritability
  4. Inability to Relax
  5. Feeling Overwhelmed
  6. Anxiety
  7. Feeling Lonely
  8. General Unhappiness

If these cognitive and emotional symptoms are not dealt with directly they often lead to the following physical and behavioral symptoms:
Physical Symptoms:

  1. High Blood Pressure
  2. Headaches
  3. Chronic Pain
  4. Digestive Issues
  5. Dizziness
  6. Irregular Heart Function
  7. Loss or Increase of Sex Drive
  8. Frequent Colds
  9. Insomnia
  10. Cancer
Behavioral Symptoms:

1. Sleeping too much or too little
2. Isolation
4. Being Defensive
5. Disorganization
6. Being Argumentative
7. Avoidance
8. Using alcohol, cigarettes, drugs or sex to feel better
9. Nervous Habits (leg tapping, nail biting etc)
10. Being Confrontational
11. Binge Eating
12. Crying

It’s important to remember that our thoughts and feelings directly affect our body and behaviors, so it’s important to deal with them as directly and intentionally as possible.

10 Steps to Relieve Stress
1. Change the external situations when possible
2. Change your reaction when you can’t change the situation
3. Make time for self reflection
4. Clarify your internal causes of your stress
5. Challenge your internal framework
6. Define coping strategies
7. Learn how to relax
8. Allocate time for fun filled activities
9. Prioritize a healthy lifestyle
10. Invest in your psychological and emotional health Click Here
If you follow these steps, you will reduce your everyday stress levels, boost your feelings of joy and satisfaction, while increasing your ability to stay calm and collected under pressure.

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