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20 warning signs of stress Stress affects so many people and infiltrates so many parts of daily life that it can be tempting to write it off as harmless or just a normal part of being human. But the negative effects of stress are significant, and persons who can recognize that are in a good position to find healthy ways to cope with their stress. The American Psychological Association notes that stress can take a considerable toll on a person’s mind 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Frequent headaches, jaw clenching or pain Gritting, grinding teeth Stuttering or stammering Tremors, or trembling of lips or hands Neck ache, back pain and/or muscle spasms Light headedness, faintness and/or dizziness and body. Chronic stress, which is a constant stress experienced over a prolonged period of time, can increase the risk of hypertension, heart attack or stroke. In addition, the APA notes that chronic stress causes the muscles in the body to be in an essentially constant state of guardedness, which can potentially contribute to tension-type headache and migraines. And these are just two of the many ways the body is adversely affected by stress, which 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. Ringing, buzzing or “popping sounds Frequent blushing or sweating Cold or sweaty hands, feet Dry mouth and/or problems swallowing Frequent colds, infections and/or herpes Rashes, itching, hives, and/or “goose bumps” the APA says also has been linked to problems with the gastrointestinal system, nervous system and reproductive system. Since stress can contribute to such unpleasant and potentially life-threatening side effects, it’s important that people from all walks of life learn to recognize the warning signs of stress. The American Institute of Stress lists the following among its 50 most common signs and symptoms of stress. 13. 14. 15. 17. 18. Unexplained or frequent “allergy” Heartburn, stomach pain and/or nausea Excess belching and/ or flatulence 16. Constipation, diarrhea, loss of control Difficulty breathing and/or frequent sighing Sudden attacks of life-threatening panic Chest pain, palpitations 19. and/or rapid pulse 20. Frequent urination Stress is a part of daily life. Learning to recognize signs of stress can help people overcome it and reduce their risk for various conditions. 36 Community Life