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Stress


Stress: Stress is a feeling of emotional or physical tension. It can come from any event or thought that makes you feel frustrated, angry, or nervous. Stress symptoms can affect your body, your thoughts and feelings and your behaviour. Being able to recognise common stress symptoms can give you a jump on managing them. Stress that is left unchecked can contribute to health problems such as high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity and diabetes.

Stress is a normal feeling. In small amounts, stress can help you get things done. Stress does not affect everyone the same way. Many people feel stress symptoms in their body. You may have pain in the abdomen, headaches, and muscle tightness or pain. 
When you are very stressed, you may notice:
  •     A faster heart rate
  •     Skipped heartbeats
  •     Rapid breathing
  •     Sweating
  •     Trembling
  •     Dizziness 
  •     Loose stools
  •     Frequent need to urinate
  •     Dry mouth
  •     Problems swallowing 
You may have a harder time focusing, feel tired most of the time, or lose your temper more often. Stress may also cause sexual problems. It can also cause problems with falling or staying asleep and cause nightmares.

If you are not sure whether stress is the cause or if you have taken steps to control your stress but your symptoms continue, see your doctor who may want to check for other potential causes.

Medical Emergency: 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.

 


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