Saturday, April 17, 2010

Surprising Symptoms of Stress

Stress has become one of our daily friend these days. i've learnt from this article that if our body reacts differently, its time to pay serious attention and should not ignore them.
so, check these few points to see if you're too stressed!

1. Tweaked Muscles
The pain in your neck that you attributed to long hours at the computer could actually be a symptom of stress. it definitely affects our musculoskeletal system, resulting in tight, contracting muscles. So, try to take 5 to 10 deep breaths and focus on relaxing the tense area of your body and for the neck, try gentle neck rolls or enlist your spouse to give you a quick shoulder rub.
(this is the most common problem i have, my shoulder and neck are sometimes painful, i have invest on some shoulder massage cream and must try this simple exercise!)

2. Eye Twitching
This can be annoying. expert says closing your eyes and visualizing your happiest place on earth will help. Also, avoid stress-related eye issues by giving your peepers a break now and then. If your eyes get stressed from detailed work at the computer, 'stretch' them every 20 minutes by looking out the window at a larger landscape.
(Eye is one of the most important organ, so dont neglect them! i am already short sighted and still need to face the monitor everyday =_= i guess i really should do something now!)

3. Nausea
Have you ever been worried about a loved one's (or your own) health condition, Googled it and suddenly felt nauseated? Stress can upset the stomach, and nausea can be a byproduct of worry. Worrying about your health or a loved one's is normal, but obsessing about it is unhealthy. If your anxiety is causing nausea, try this trick: Let tepid water run over your fingers; it's believed to keep nausea at bay.
(i dint know stress can cause nausea! luckily i dint have much problem on this, yet)

4. Sleepiness
Feeling sluggish? It could be stress. Stress hormones cause our body to surge with adrenaline and then crash into sleepiness, it will also ruin the quality of our sleep, so we'll wake up tired and irritable. so try go to bed earlier, or if possible catch a 30-minute nap midday, and don't feel guilty about doing so.
(i wish i could nap for a while everyday! haha but thats quite impossible as we all have works to do.. so its important to make sure we get at least 7 hours of sleep every night!)

5. Confusion
You can't decide what to make for dinner, what to wear to work or which exit to take off the freeway. Stress causes distraction and lack of focus. it is suggested to take a walk and move the stress out of your body by exercising large muscle groups like the legs. Sunlight helps the body release serotonin to improve mood, and vitamin D helps you improve your immune system-a great perk.
(yea, sometimes i feel a sudden rush of confusion on works/things which i really dont know why.. we must learn how to overcome this by trying the tricks provided. i hope everyone stays healthy and happy!)

2 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing this piece of info. I haven't experience any of the points yet, but that doesn't mean I'm out of stress! I'm trying to manage stress so it doesn't affect my daily life and mood.
    Mustn't take our health for granted even though we are still as strong as a bull.

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  2. Yvonne, yes, nothing is more important than our health!
    have a nice day ahead!!

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