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Stress Level Test For Teens
Yes: Try taking the stress test at "http://www.Bemindfulonline.Com/index.Cfm?Furl=/test-your-stress/&." this test is based on the perceived stress scale. Be aware that taking an online test without a mental health professional to assist in the interpretation of results is risky. Consider taking the test with the idea that it may provide some interesting results - nothing else! ...Read more
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
How do I know if my stress level is creating health issues? Blood tests can reveal anything as such?
You can get cortisol: levels from blood or saliva, but you don't need to. List your current eating, sleeping, & other scheduling patterns. Compare them to your patterns before the stress began. Then compare your work performance, relationships, mood & quality of life before & after. Take this information to your primary physician for an "executive physical", appropriate for males your age, & overdue, I'd wager. ...Read more
What is stress?: Some think of "stress" as challenging or negative life events. Others think of "stress" as anxiety or a distressing experience. My opinion is that your anxiety level is too high if you're feeling overwhelmed for longer than short periods here and there. Generally, people can cope with challenges (sometimes very difficult challenges) without feeling chronically overwhelmed. ...Read more
Stress can affect: Eczema. The stress response 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 & contributes to numerous illnesses. Learn stress mgt. ...Read more
Could help or hurt: Surfing the web for intellectual and recreational stimulation in moderation is probably better than staring at a movie re-run for the 35th time. However, it can become obsessive if it comes at a cost to balance in life, especially the basics such as eating right, getting enough rest to be productive, sleeping right, exercising and of course relating to people. ...Read more
Under stress for past few months due to health issues. Stress level has now lowered, but have lingering anxiety. How can I get back to normal?
Psychotherapy?: Have you received the help you needed about your health issues? Are some of these still unresolved? If so, it could be natural to still have some anxiety -- and talking with your doctor about reasonable treatments & approaches makes sense. So does learning all you can about your conditions. Often, working in psychotherapy with a psychologist or psychiatrist helps with such anxiety too. ...Read more
To address stress:: Talk about feelings ; address problems. Don't avoid them. Aim for 7.5 - 8 hours of sleep/ night. Daily physical activity is optimal in a green space. Eat healthfully. Cut out junk carbs, caffeine ; alcohol (or moderate). Try qi gong, tai chi, acupuncture, acupressure, homeopathy, meditation, yoga, exercise program, deep breathing exercises or progressive muscle relaxation. ...Read more