Are You Under Stress?

Modern life is full of hassles, deadlines, frustrations, and demands. For many people, stress is so commonplace that it has become a way of life. Stress isn’t always bad. In small doses, it can help you perform under pressure and motivate you to do your best. But when you’re constantly running in emergency mode, your mind and body pay the price. You can protect yourself by recognizing the signs and symptoms of stress and taking steps to reduce its harmful effects.

What is Stress?

Stress is a normal physical response to events that make you feel threatened or upset your balance in some way. When you sense danger—whether it’s real or imagined—the body's defenses kick into high gear in a rapid, automatic process known as the “fight-or-flight-or-freeze” reaction, or the stress response.
The stress response is the body’s way of protecting you. When working properly, it helps you stay focused, energetic, and alert. In emergency situations, stress can save your life—giving you extra strength to defend yourself, for example, or spurring you to slam on the brakes to avoid an accident.
The stress response also helps you rise to meet challenges. Stress is what keeps you on your toes during a presentation at work, sharpens your concentration when you’re attempting the game-winning free throw, or drives you to study for an exam when you'd rather be watching TV.
But beyond a certain point, stress stops being helpful and starts causing major damage to your health, your mood, your productivity, your relationships, and your quality of life.

Symptoms of Stress

Stress is the No. 1 killer of this time. Few symptoms of stress are:
-Becoming easily agitated, frustrated, and moody
-Feeling overwhelmed, like you are losing control or need to take control
-Having difficulty relaxing and quieting your mind
-Feeling bad about yourself (low self-esteem), lonely, worthless, and depressed
-Aches and pains in the body
-Diarrhea or constipation
-Nausea, dizziness
-Chest pain, rapid heartbeat
-Memory problems
-Inability to concentrate
-Poor judgment
-Seeing only the negative
-Anxious or racing thoughts
-Constant worrying
-Eating more or less
-Sleeping too much or too little
-Isolating yourself from others
-Procrastinating or neglecting responsibilities
-Using alcohol, cigarettes, or drugs to relax

If you are having any of these symptoms, you need to fix that otherwise it will damage your health and, overall, will affect the quality of your life.