ARE YOU STRESSED?
is a physical and emotional response to change – whether the change
is positive (for example getting promoted, married or forming a new
relationship) --or the change is negative (getting fired, losing a loved
one, becoming ill or injured). Stress activates the "fight or flight
syndrome," a physiological process that supplies the extra adrenaline,
strength, energy and alertness to meet a challenge or danger.
heart rate, blood pressure, stomach and muscle tension are responses
to a "crisis," that should subside after the crisis is resolved.
Excessive and prolonged stress may result in physical and psychological
Test: Do you suffer from any of the following symptoms?
with eating (overeating or lack of appetite)
sleeping or nightmares
use of alcohol, tobacco, drugs
from or avoiding friends and family
irritation, frustration or anger toward others
tasks and responsibilities; procrastination; chronic lateness
of motivation, increased boredom and fatigue – "the blahs"
concentrating, paying attention, getting organized
to cry or run away
unhappy or sad for no apparent reason
of weakness, dizziness, shortness of breath, frequent worry, nervousness,
or "anxiety attacks"
than occasional feelings of loneliness, rejection, powerlessness and
headaches, backaches, muscle aches, stomach tension
blood pressure, clammy hands, chest pain, racing heartbeat
indigestion, constipation, diarrhea or urination
colds and infections
many minor injuries
have checked any of these symptoms, you may be suffering from the results
of chronic stress. A medical check-up is advisable for physical symptoms.
Therapy with a trained, experienced professional can help you change
your internal and external responses to sources of stress, improve your
quality of life, and may ultimately extend your lifespan.
can’t eliminate stress from your life, but you can change the way you
respond to it, and learn to change your negative feelings by:
destructive and self-defeating thought patterns
up personal goals and rewards
to accept what you can not change
communication and interpersonal skills
to say "no" and other assertiveness skills
healthy coping skills and tension-relievers
yourself against future stress