Thursday, October 01, 2009

5 Signs You're Stressed

Thursday 1st October 2009.

Stress seems to have become a common factor in all our lives.

We have never worked such long hours and having to cope with day to day strains; trying to balance our home and work lives while attempting to keep everybody around us happy, is proving a very difficult thing to achieve.

Many of us use stress and lack of time as an excuse, and use the phrase 'I'm stressed' with flippancy. So how do we know when we are truly stressed, what are the signs, and how do we recognise them?

One of the five main symptoms of stress is forgetfulness. With a tired mind you find it very difficult to focus, so doing things like forgetting your best friends birthday or leaving your mobile phone in the fridge may just be a hint!

Having huge carbohydrate cravings is also a common symptom of stress. They can be a signal that you need serotonin, a chemical with mood boosting qualities that you often find in starchy foods.

Are you having small muscle spasms? Anything from a twitch in the eye to a significant pulsation in the leg can indicate stress. These spasms are actually created when your body releases stress hormones.

Sweating? Stress hormones can also make you sweat much more than you usually would.

Simple decisions are difficult to make. If you cannot even decide what to cook for dinner, or even the will to make yourself a nice hot cup of tea. The this is a true sign that you are well and truly stressed.

So now you know the five key stress symptoms, keep an eye out on your friends, family and work colleagues, and of course, for yourself.

See you again tomorrow!


Passionate Blogger on 2 October 2009 at 09:26 said...

I am experiencing almost all the signs mentioned in your article. Now, what should I do next?

Fay on 2 October 2009 at 10:14 said...

Hi Passionate Blogger!

If you really are showing signs of these symptoms, then you need to be getting some 'me time'.

Try to relax, do some physical excersise and have a little fun.

There are lots of ways you can reduce your stress levels. Anthing from meditation to silent screaming.

I will spend the weekend researching some ways of effectivley relieving stress at home and publish the post on Monday.

In the meantime, try to relax.

Passionate Blogger on 3 October 2009 at 07:48 said...

Hi, it's me again. Thanks for the tips and thank you for the prompt reply.

Fay on 3 October 2009 at 20:19 said...

No worries,

Just remember to check out Mondays post for some tips to help you.


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