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Stress

Tension within the body, having lots of things to do within a given time. Stress is a normal physical response to the perception of being overwhelmed. While there are those that seem to thrive and even become more masterful in stressful circumstance, others seemingly crumble under the pressure of stress. This may manifest itself as tension within the body, being physical and mentally fatigued, such as an inability to think or act a desire to finish a task.

Stress is your body's reaction to a challenge or demand. In short bursts, stress can be positive, such as when it helps you avoid danger or meet a deadline. However, when stress lasts for a long time, it may cause harm to the health of that person as the body is stuck in the “fight-or-flight” mindset.

The stress response is the body’s way of protecting itself. When working properly, it helps you stay focused, makes us more energetic, and more reflex response increase alertness. In emergency situations, stress can save your life – giving you extra strength to defend yourself, for example, or spurring you to slam on the brakes to avoid an accident.

The stress response also helps you rise to meet challenges. Stress is what keeps you on your toes during a presentation at work, sharpens your concentration when you’re attempting the game-winning free throw, or drives you to study for an exam when you'd rather be watching TV.

But beyond a certain point, stress stops being helpful and starts causing major damage to your health, your mood, your productivity, your relationships, and your quality of life.

How do you respond to stress?

It’s important to learn how to recognize when your stress levels are out of control. The most dangerous thing about stress is how easily it can creep up on you. You get used to it. It starts to feel familiar, even normal. You don’t notice how much it’s affecting you, even as it takes a heavy toll.

The signs and symptoms of stress overload can be almost anything. Stress affects the mind, body, and behavior in many ways, and everyone experiences stress differently.


Stress doesn’t always look stressful

Psychologist Connie Lillas uses a driving analogy to describe the three most common ways people respond when they’re overwhelmed by stress:

• Foot on the gas –  An angry or agitated stress response. You’re heated, keyed up, overly emotional and unable to sit still.


• Foot on the brake – A withdrawn or depressed stress response. You shut down, space out, and show very little energy or emotion.


• Foot on both –  A tense and frozen stress response. You “freeze” under pressure and can’t do anything. You look paralyzed, but under the surface, you’re extremely agitated.



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Signs and symptoms of stress overload

The following table lists some of the common warning signs and symptoms of stress. The more signs and symptoms you notice in yourself, the closer you may be to stress overload.

Stress Warning Signs and Symptoms

Cognitive Symptoms/ Emotional Symptoms:

• Memory problems

• Inability to concentrate

• Poor judgment

• Seeing only the negative

• Anxious or racing thoughts

• Constant worrying 

• Moodiness

• Irritability or short temper

• Agitation, inability to relax

• Feeling overwhelmed

• Sense of loneliness and isolation

• Depression or general unhappiness

Physical Symptoms/ Behavioral Symptoms:

• Aches and pains

• Diarrhea or constipation

• Nausea, dizziness

• Chest pain, rapid heartbeat

• Loss of sex drive

• Frequent colds 

• Eating more or less

• Sleeping too much or too little

• Isolating yourself from others

• Procrastinating or neglecting responsibilities

• Using alcohol, cigarettes, or drugs to relax

• Nervous habits (e.g. nail biting, pacing)

Keep in mind that the signs and symptoms of stress can also be caused by other psychological and medical problems. If you’re experiencing any of the warning signs of stress, it’s important to see a doctor for a full evaluation. Your doctor can help you determine whether or not your symptoms are stress-related.

Overcome your Stress with Hypnotherapy

Hypnotherapy has been proven, time and again, to be enormously effective at reducing, and managing stress. Stress continues to be linked to more and more health problems, as well as having the general effect of reducing our enjoyment of life. Not only can Hypnotherapy be used to reduce stress reactions in specific situations, but through hypnotherapy techniques, we can make a permanent change to the way we deal with life, and how we feel each and every day.

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