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Signs Of Stress Overload
What are the signs of stress overload or burn-out. Was getting lightheaded and muscle tension plus not sleeping well started to get nervous overload.
Stress affects most people in some way. Acute (sudden, short-term) stress leads to rapid changes throughout the body. Almost all body systems (the heart and blood vessels, immune system, lungs, digestive system, sensory organs, and brain) gear up to meet perceived danger. These stress responses could prove beneficial in a critical, life-or-death situation. Over time, however, repeated stressful situations put a strain on the body that may contribute to physical and psychological problems. Chronic (long-term) stress can have real health consequences and should be addressed like any other health concern. Fortunately, research is showing that lifestyle changes and stress-reduction techniques can help people learn ...Read more
'fight or flight': Stress causes increased activity in the sympathetic nervous system and the release of stress hormones. As a result: heart rate, blood pressure, and breathing rate increases; there is increased sweating; skin temperature decreases as blood shifts to the vital organs; there can be muscle tension or tremors; GI disturbance such as nausea, stomach ache, or diarrhea; pacing, hand-wringing, etc. ...Read more
Stress & the body: It prepares for action by activating the autonomic nervous system & numerous hormones. Stress can cause muscle tension, cold hands & feet, increased heart rate, rapid and shallow breathing, stomach upset, headaches, dry mouth, increased sweating, mind racing, & insomnia. Chronic stress decreases immune functions and contributes to numerous illnesses. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
"Too much stress": Some signs could be insomnia; irritability; anger outbursts; physical aches & pains from tension; bowel problems (diarrhea, cramping, etc); fatigue; having a strong "startle" reaction even to noise that isn't very loud; anxiety or panic; poor concentration, etc. Some of these could also relate to more pervasive -- but treatable -- conditions. ...Read more
Get support: Stress can show up as headaches or stomach aches, sometimes even joint aching. If you grind your teeth, your teeth might hurt. You might have trouble eating or sleeping. To prevent it, get plenty of rest and exercise. Let others give you support and help you problem solve. Read self-help materials. Relax every day. If that does not help, see an md, psychiatrist, or psychologist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Caregiving stress: Irritability, resentment, feelings of guilt, and giving more than you feel capable are all signs of stress around caregiving. Ask yourself what is stressful about caregiving. Am i an not doing enough self-care? Is the person you are caregiving demanding or abusive, y, then you may need some support from a third party, seeking a psychologist can help you identify the reasons for the stress. ...Read more
Stress?: Your question requires a doctor to see you in person. Clarify your problems, do some tests and gp from there. ...Read more
What can I do to help a colleague, who I am not close to, to help her deal with stress? Because of my history I recognise enough signs to be concerned
Offer to share w/her: your experience. If she says yes tell her what you have been through and what you did to help. Stressed persons may not like to admit that they need help so proceed gently. Perhaps a book has helped you. You can mention that also. Thanks for caring. It's risky but good. Peace and good health. ...Read more
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