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Is Stress Making You Ill? Get Help!

By Genevieve Cunningham

There's nothing in life that can beat you down quite like stress can. The worry, the angst, the anxiety. Stress is the worst. Unfortunately, there isn't much we can do to skip stress. It's a part of life, and we all have to deal with it. But many don't actually learn how to deal with it, and as a result, it makes us physically ill! If you would like to reduce the stress and illness in your life, take a look at these common side effects of excess stress, plus some tips for managing it in the future. 

Signs Your Stress Is Too Much

Stress can cause a wide variety of symptoms in the body. A few might include:

  • You're Losing Your Hair - It's normal to shed a little bit of hair. You might notice it in your hairbrush or in the shower. But if your hair has suddenly started falling out in droves, it could be a signal of stress. 

  • Your Skin is Acting Up - From simple blemishes to full blown acne to the hives, your skin might show your stress. If you notice an increase in skin abnormalities, look to your current stress levels to see if it's the culprit.

  • You Can't Focus - Stress can do a number on your ability to pay attention. Losing focus due to excessive worrying is common -- and frustrating! If your focus is lacking because of stress, there may be ways to manage the stress and get your concentration back.

How to Manage Stress

Managing stress takes practice. It takes patience. Here are a few tips to get your started:

  • Get Real - Sometimes you have to be real about what you can and can't accomplish. If you bite off more than you can chew, it only exacerbates your stress levels. Set boundaries and stick with them. Say no to more work. Say no to extra activities. Sticking up for yourself can lower your stress and make life more enjoyable.

  • Set Priorities - Setting and keeping your priorities can help you avoid stress altogether. Sometimes it's not worth worrying about. And if you know your priorities going into a situation, you'll know what's worth the worry and what's not. 

  • Get Help - There are times when you just need help. If you need professional help dealing with stress, talk to a therapist. If you need help in everyday life, ask for help from friends, family, and other loved ones. Delegating and sharing the load can significantly lower stress and improve quality of life. 

You may not be able to avoid stress, but you don't have to let it take over either. You don't have to let it make you sick. Stress can be managed. Use these tips to keep your stress under control, and your life may improve like never before.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Westminster, Colo.

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