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Recognizing the Mental and Physical Anguish of Stress

By Paul Rothbart

Stress is a natural part of life. Just as pain does, stress serves a purpose. It informs you of problems and motivates you to find solutions. It's also part of physical healing. Chronic stress, however, is not healthy. It is harmful to both body and mind and thus can manifest itself with both physical and mental symptoms. It's important to be able to recognize the signs of excess stress so that you can do something about them.

Mental Stress Symptoms

There are common symptoms of mental stress that indicate you need help. Some of the sure signs are experiencing anxiety and being unable to focus. In extreme cases, you may feel overwhelmed or hopeless. You may withdraw from others and feel lethargic. Often you stop exercising and participating in other activities. Outbursts of emotion such as anger or sadness are also common. If you are experiencing any of these signs, it's time to take action.

Physical Stress Symptoms

Stress can also manifest itself physically and take quite a toll on your body. One of the most common physical symptoms of too much stress is the inability to sleep. Lying awake for hours worrying is a sure sign. Changes in appetite, either not eating much or overeating also often come with stress. You may also not be able to eat due to an upset stomach. Fatigue, dizziness, and chest pain frequently accompany extreme stress. Muscle pain and tension headaches are very common and often go unrecognized. People tend to try to treat them with painkillers and receive no relief. You can't fix stress with medication.

Managing Stress

You don't have to let stress overwhelm you. It can't be eliminated altogether but you can manage it and relieve the symptoms. Relaxation is one of the keys to stress management. Practicing meditation, deep breathing, or yoga can be very helpful. Movement is also a great way to get stress under control. Exercise. Get up and move around, going for long walks, runs, or a swim. Getting some therapy is also a good idea. Just talking things out with another person can make stress seem more manageable.

There are also many people who find that chiropractic care helps them manage stress better. A chiropractor can help relieve headaches, muscle, and joint pain. When your body feels better, the mind tends to follow. Some patients also find that they sleep better.

Stress will always be there but when it's chronic it's a problem that must be dealt with. Recognize the symptoms and take the steps to manage your stress. Consider a visit to The Joint Chiropractic. You don't need an appointment. You may find that chiropractic care helps with managing your daily stress.

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

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