High Stress Levels

Some of the signs that your stress levels may be too high include headaches, muscular tension and pain especially in the back, neck and shoulders, digestive problems and problems sleeping. Stress is a physiological or biological response to a stressor. It is the body’s way of coping with a real or perceived challenge or a threat. Symptoms can vary from person to person and can manifest in various different ways. It is important to try and keep stress levels low as high stress levels can lead to high blood pressure, heart problems, migraines, stomach problems including diarrhoea and stomach cramps, low mood and easily agitated, insomnia, anxiety, teeth grinding, loss of appetite and loss of focus. If high levels of stress are maintained for long periods of time symptoms could worsen and could cause more serious mental health problems such as depression and anxiety, heart problems, skin problems such as acne and psoriasis or hair loss, long term stomach problems, potential obesity, menstrual issues and sexual issues such as impotence and erectile dysfunction.

Stress reduction to reduce stress levels depend on what works for the individual. Some people find yoga and meditation or some other form of exercise helpful for stress relief and reduction, some find hobbies such as baking or painting therapeutic. Finding the cause of the stress and finding ways to manage how stressful the activity is or seeking help to talk through what is causing the stress. Talking is a great way to relieve stress and can put the stressor in to perspective.