The Effects and Behavior of Stress Symptoms on Your Body
Published on: December 31, 2021

Published By: Southwest Physical Therapy

Southwest Physical Therapy

Stress is deadly, for stress is a precursor that prompts so much damage and disarray in our body, giving way to too many deadly medical conditions. Your health may be affected by stress symptoms this very minute and you might not even realize it. Illness is who you might think is to blame for your decreased productivity at work, your frequent insomnia or that nagging headache. But the cause may actually be stress. 

Effects That Are Common In Stress

Your body is indeed affected by stress symptoms, your behavior, your thoughts, and your feelings. You can manage common stress symptoms more easily when you’re able to recognize them. Too many health problems can be attributed to stress that was left unchecked, such as diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure and heart disease.

Effects of Stress:

On Your BodyOn Your MoodOn Your Behavior
Upset Stomach  Depression Or SadnessExercising less often 
Change in Sex DriveAnger or IrritabilitySocial Withdrawal
FatigueFeeling OverwhelmedTobacco Use
Chest PainLack of Focus or Motivation Alcohol or Drug Misuse
Pain or Muscle tension RestlessnessAngry Outbursts
HeadacheAnxietyUndereating or Overeating 
Sleep problems, Eyes are hardOut-of-body ExperienceTaking Pills and Medication

Stress Management

You will enjoy many health benefits if you take steps to manage your stress when you have its symptoms. Southwest Physical Therapy advises that following strategies for stress management should be explored by you:

  • Set time aside for your favorite hobbies, such as listening to music or reading a book
  • Spend quality  time with close friends and family
  • Never lose your sense of humor nor be afraid to crack a smile and laugh
  • Practice techniques for relaxation, such as massage, tai chi, yoga, meditation or deep breathing, etc.
  • Regularly enjoy low-impact physical activity 

Always try to come up with new, active ways to manage your stress. It may seem relaxing when you’re couch-potatoing it in inactive ways to manage stress — such as playing video games, surfing the Internet or watching television — but like that your stress may increase over the long haul.

Eat a balanced, healthy diet and be sure that the sleep you get is plenty. Avoid using illegal substances, alcohol, excess caffeine, and tobacco products.

When Help is Needed

See your doctor if you’re not certain that stress is to blame or if your symptoms continue even after you implemented measures to control your stress. Other potential causes may be explored by your healthcare provider. Or try seeing a professional therapist or counselor, so they can teach you new coping tools and help you identify the true sources of your stress. 

In addition, you must promptly seek emergency assistance if you’re having chest pains, and more so if you’re also experiencing shortness of breath, back or jaw pain, pain shooting into a shoulder and arm, nausea, sweating, or dizziness. These may be more than just stress symptoms and can be an indication of a heart attack in progress. 

Please pay heed when Southwest Physical Therapy tells you: the power of feelings to bring on pain should never be underestimated. Yes, pain can feel even worse when there’s anxiety and stress can lead to depression and muscle tension in the back – just to name a few symptoms.

Just so you have an idea of the danger of stress, check out some of the medical conditions and symptoms it causes:

  • Headaches
  • Memory and Concentration Difficulties and Alzheimer’s Disease 
  • Depression 
  • Diabetes 
  • Hypertension
  • Digestive Problems and Gastrointestinal Distress and Difficulty 
  • Asthma 
  • Eating Disorders, Weight Gain and Obesity 
  • Heart Disease 
  • Neck Pain and Pain in Other Parts
  • Anxiety and Panic Attacks
  • Suicide
  • Sleep Problems and Insomnia
  • Heart Problems, Heart Disease, and Circulatory Problems
  • Cancer
  • Colds and Viruses
  • Systemic or Local Infections
  • Weakens and tires the Immune System
  • Causes behaviors that lead to Back Pain

The physical healing of local infections can even be delayed by emotional or mental stress, like systemic infections, food poisoning, or a bug bite.

Not only does myofascial release therapy heal chronic pain all over the body and limited range of motion, but it also helps with mental wellness because it also chases away stress and brings peace. A lot of it has to do with the great quality of life it brings because it becomes a pain-free life of much better functioning. That’s just what we have for you here at Southwest Physical Therapy. Bye-bye, Mother & Father Stress – we’re only keeping the harmless Baby Stress today!

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