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Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Stress Warning Signs and Symptoms

Cognitive Symptoms

Memory problems
Inability to concentrate
Poor judgment
Anxious or racing thoughts
Constant worrying

Emotional Symptoms

Irritability or short temper
Agitation, inability to relax
Feeling overwhelmed
Sense of loneliness and isolation
Depression or general unhappiness

Physical Symptoms

Aches and pains
Chest pain, rapid heartbeat

Behavioral Symptoms

Eating more or less
Sleeping too much or too little
Isolating yourself from others
Procrastinating or neglecting responsibilities

And I only picked out the symptoms I am going through now or at least what apparently has been building up to what is happening to me now.... I have an incredible amount to work on don't I? Amazing what job related stress will do!!

For some time now I have been internalizing the question what is wrong with me? I realize the lack of sun this year (we are experiencing the 5th wettest year in recorded history here in GA) has a great deal to do with it. The repressed emotions of constantly working harder and longer for less in sales; the dog-eat-dog intensity due to the economy (how I am beginning to loathe that sentence bearing excuse) living on commission not to mention I am the main bread winner for our family which has obviously and silently began to show the toll it has taken on me. I must make a concerted effort to get back into yoga, meditation, serious walking (hunting season almost over thank goodness!!) My health, my life is on the line if my stress is left untreated...wow! At least I have an answer to my symptoms and now I need to no I will begin to work on the remedy!
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  • no profile photo CD1935667
    emoticon I relate to your symptoms!LOL!!

    emoticon I hope that you are feeling better now.

    3952 days ago
    I think you may be on to something regarding the sun!

    This is the first year in many that we have actually HAD a summer with a lot of sunshiine. We had sunshine a lot clear up until November and this is also the first year in many years that I have felt good! Coincidence? Maybe, but I know I need the sun! (just not all that heat! )
    3984 days ago
    All the usual stress plus poor health/passing of my dad did it for me too. After multiple cardiac tests and change in reflux meds, I now believe all symptoms were stress-related! Scary isn't it? emoticon
    3985 days ago
  • no profile photo CD534346
    OH MY! I thought you were listing all MY Symptoms!!!!! emoticon

    Right you are friend...let's do it! Work on taking care of US somewhere in the midst of this madness called 'life' shall we......hope you got the Sparkmail I sent ya!!!

    Be blessed...
    Debbie emoticon
    3985 days ago
  • VEMAN1
    Your auscultation is good for all of us. Some 40 pounds up from a couple of years ago, this year I realized the stress I have been under and have actively reducing stress throughout my life.

    Good for you on getting back to walking and outdoor exercising. This type of activity is the best; we are meant to be in the open more than we realize.

    Remember the Nike slogan, Just do it!
    3985 days ago
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