Are you stressed? Common symptoms

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The importance of detecting stress early

Are you stressed?

Some stress is good for humankind, and it has helped us to survive up to now. It’s the good old fashioned ‘fight or flight’ response that happens when we’re experiencing stress. 

We release a complex mix of hormones and chemicals such as adrenaline, cortisol and norepinephrine to prepare the body for physical action. Action such as slamming on the brakes when a child runs out into the road, or jumping away from a fast train passing through the station.

The problem arises when our bodies experience prolonged stress levels. Too much of the stress hormones and chemicals can be detrimental to our health. During the ‘fight or flight’ mode, the blood rushes to the most important muscles. This reduces brain function, and often why we are unable to think straight.

It is entirely possible to be stressed without realising you are. If you are prone to headaches, this can often flare up when you’re stressed. Think of it as your body's way of telling you you’re stressed, and you need to take action.

Stress is unavoidable, but it is manageable. It is important to identify when you are stressed so you can make early changes, before stress-related illnesses occur.
Here are some common symptoms:

* headaches
* dizziness
* stomach problems
* chest pains
* rapid heartbeat
* difficulty concentrating
* little motivation
* struggling to make decisions
* feeling overwhelmed
* constant worrying
* being forgetful
* being irritable & snappy
* sleeping too much/ too little
* eating too much/ too little
* avoiding people
* drinking or smoking more

A little stress can be good and can motivate some people, but if stress is affecting your daily life, there are things you can do to help. I’m going to show you how to reduce stress over the next few weeks, but for now it is important to recognise the symptoms so you can act on them.

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