Stress Warning Signals

Stress is your body’s natural reaction to life’s daily disruptions. A small dose can be beneficial — such as motivating you to accomplish a big project or helping you jump into action when necessary. But there’s also bad stress, usually caused by fears about jobs, money, relationships or health. If you experience stress for too long, your body sets off warning signals. Physical signals include headaches, stomach problems, backaches, fatigue, irritability and other symptoms. It is important to recognize your stress warning signals. Become attuned with your body. If you feel your jaw clench, begin wringing your hands or hold your breath, you know it’s time to de-stress. Find relaxation techniques that work for you. Whether it’s belly breathing, a trip to the gym, walking, visiting with a therapist or friend — learn to manage your stress before it creates serious health issues.



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