Let's Talk About STRESS!!We all go through periods of stressful times and one would think that almost everyone is dealing with some type of stress with the spiraling down economy, high prices on items we need to live a comfortable life, loss of jobs, higher insurance rates or no insurance at all, and medical issues. Where will it all end? As a matter of fact, some of these things may not end or change so it is our duty to try and do what we can to manage the stress that is in our lives. Too much stress that lasts for a long time can really take its toll on your body and mind.
If you're feeling overwhelmed by this stress, you're certainly not alone. In fact a 2007 survey of Americans found that one-third of people were living with extreme stress and that was in 2007. Can you imagine the numbers of people that are living with that stress today? What will it be like as the year goes on?
Stress can be toxic to your body. It can affect your brain and nerves with headaches, feelings of despair and lack of energy. It can cause lack of concentration, memory problems, panic attacks and depression. Stress can also affect your muscles and joints with tension in your neck, shoulders, and back. It can affect your heart often causing a faster heartbeat, rise in blood pressure, increased risk of stomach problems and weight gain. Stress can also cause digestive problems and lower the immune system which makes it more difficult to recover from any illness.
If you feel stressed and can determine that you do have some of the symptoms mentioned above that are affecting your daily life, it is important to do something about it. There are healthy steps you can take to stay well when you're stressed such as connecting to people close to you, getting enough sleep and being physically active.
If you feel overwhelmed, unable to cope and feel as though your stress is affecting how you function every day, it could be something more like depression or anxiety. Don't let it go unchecked. Contact your health care provider. You can find out more information on stress if you log onto www.mentalhealthamerica.net or call 1-800-969-6642.