Everyone gets stress at one time or the other; however when do you know when it's getting to dangerous levels? When you are feeling a bit anxious or stressed out when you are trying to meet important deadlines or when you have to stand up and give a public speech, it's totally natural. When you start to feel overwhelmed by ordinary task in your life, that's a different thing entirely and you may be suffering from too much stress.
Chronic anxiety has never done wonders for the human body. When your body is unable to stop itself from releasing chemicals and hormones which are linked with the natural fight or flight mode, severe stress and its crippling symptoms may easily come into play.
Stress tends to affect a persons body physically, emotionally and behaviorally and some dangers that we should be beware of include:
When you feel a surge of different emotions, it may be time to think of the different causes of stress that you have in your own life. Mood swings on a regular basis as well as unexplained bouts of anxiety and a difficulty in getting to sleep or remaining asleep as well as excess worry and a constant feeling of tension may be related to the dangers of stress.
If you find yourself reacting or overreacting at the slightest of things or withdrawing on impulse from relationships between family and friend and co-workers, stress may be haunting you. If you've started using more drugs and alcohol that you've ever done, you may also be in the same shoes. It may be that the stress in your life is beginning to have negative influences in the way that you handle the problems that are around you.
Stress tends to have an overtly negative effect on a persons health as well as their sense of well-being. When stress starts to accumulate over a long period of time with little or no release, anxiety may then turn inward and cause annoying physical complaints such as headaches, tense muscles and tiredness, to more severe ailments including chest pain, stroke, and Type 2 diabetes, and a number of others. Stress overload has even been associated with the risk of developing certain kinds of cancers.
When a person starts showing these signs of danger, the likelihood is that stress has already started taking a hold on their lives in a negative way. They may already be feeling a sense of being overwhelmed, tired on a regular basis or they may have a series of more serious health complaints.
Depression may be linked to chronic stress as well especially for those people who have a family history of the disease. Special care should be taken when the causes of stress in your life are making you to feel sad on a constant basis. Depression much like stress, may be treated with medication and therapy and shouldn't be ignored.
Stress has a part to play in the lives of different people. It may be a great source of power and it may help us overcome the problems that we have in life and gain the powers of clarity as well as focus. Too much stress on the other hand may turn us inward and take away our confidence. It may also have a great effect on us so much so that we are unable to complete the simplest of tasks. Stress can empower us or make us exhausted or overwhelmed. We should understand how to recognize when we are feeling too much stress and find much better ways of handling it in order to have a happier and much healthier lifestyle.
Darren Williger is an over-caffeinated, low carbohydrate eating, winemaking enthusiast who writes for LeadersPages.com , IntenseFocus.com , and RemedyZone.Com