Is stress effecting your body, feelings or behavior?

Is stress effecting your body, feelings and behavior? Visit your portal at http://www.mayoclinicfitforyou.com and participate in My Stress Solutions under Programs. This 4 week program will give you the tools you need to identify and cope with stress. Register today through August 2nd to receive a complimentary journal. Complete the program and your name will be entered into a drawing for a free massage from Harbin Clinic Rehab.

Check out the article below from Mayo Clinic and learn more about how stress can effect your body, feelings and behavior.

Stress symptoms may be affecting your health, even though you might not realize it. You may think illness is to blame for that nagging headache, your frequent insomnia or your decreased productivity at work. But stress may actually be the culprit.
Indeed, stress symptoms can affect your body, your thoughts and feelings, and your behavior. Being able to recognize common stress symptoms can give you a jump on managing them. Stress that’s left unchecked can contribute to health problems such as high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity and diabetes.
Of course, if you’re not sure if stress is the cause or if you’ve taken steps to control your stress but your symptoms continue, see your doctor. Your doctor may want to check for other potential causes.

Also, if you have chest pain, especially if it occurs during physical activity or is accompanied by shortness of breath, sweating, dizziness, nausea, or pain radiating into your shoulder and arm, get emergency help immediately. These may be warning of a heart attack and not simply stress symptoms.

Common effects of stress …
… On your body
headache
muscle tension or pain
chest pain
fatigue
change in sex drive
stomach upset
sleep problems
… On your mood
anxiety
restlessness
lack of motivation or focus
irritability or anger
sadness or depression
… On your behavior
overeating or undereating
angry outbursts
drug or alcohol abuse
tobacco use
social withdrawal

Source: American Psychological Association’s “Stress in America” report, 2010

If you do have stress symptoms, taking steps to manage your stress can have numerous health benefits. Explore stress management strategies such as:
Physical activity
Relaxation techniques
Meditation
Yoga
Tai chi
By Mayo Clinic Staff
Feb. 19, 2011

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