We all know what stress does to the mind, for we are all aware of how it feels. But stress is also highly damaging to the physical health, and this is something which we need to be aware of too if we are to understand why it’s so important to combat it. Stress has become such an ordinary part of our daily lives that it seems almost impossible to do away with it entirely. There are methods which can help with combating stress, however, some of which we will go into shortly. But first, it’s useful to know about some of the ways that stress shows itself in the body. Being aware of these signs will mean that you can more attentively know your body, and know when it might be time to unwind, calm down and de-stress.
As with many of the symptoms of stress, headaches are so common that it is often a challenge to work out where they come from and what is actually causing them. However, you can at least bear in mind that, whenever you have a headache, there is a good chance that it is at least in part caused, or exacerbated, by stress, and that stress is a common underlying factor. If you are starting to have many headaches compared to usual, you know that there is a good chance you are undoing a great deal of stress. You should, of course, make sure to rule out any other serious physical problems which might be causing ongoing headaches – but if you find that there are none, then you should seek instead to root out the stress in your life.
Doing that is, of course, a challenge, and it can be that you get yourself into a vicious cycle when it comes to headaches, for they are likely to merely cause you even more stress. But as long as you work towards healing the symptoms of a headache, as well as reducing stress in your everyday life, you will find that you can much more effectively and readily deal with it on the whole. It is also wise to make sure not to let a headache worse, but instead, treat it as it arises. That way, it is much easier to treat.
Gum disease is the most common cause of tooth loss, and around 80% of adults will develop it at some point. Although the primary cause of gum disease is a failure to look after your teeth properly, it’s also true that stress plays a huge factor – and in fact, if you already have gum disease and you want to reverse its effects, reducing your stress is the number one thing you should focus on. If you have any signs of gum disease, you will find that without fail it tends to worsen whenever you are going through a particularly tough time in your life and not managing your stress levels properly. In such cases, it is highly advisable to go to the dentist, but you should also make sure that you work on keeping stress out of your life as best as possible. As we know, there are many ways to do that, but there is one way which is especially important here, and it’s to not stress yourself out about the gum disease itself. This only causes an unnecessary vicious cycle which leads to a worsening condition, so it’s necessary to make sure that you don’t allow this to happen.
It is one of the cruel facts about stress that it tends to causes situations which, in turn, cyclically make the stress even worse. Insomnia is the perfect example of this. The more stressed you are throughout your day, the less likely it is that you will sleep well at night. Before long, this makes the stress in the day even worse, and so you struggle to sleep even more at night. If you are suffering with this problem, you will be aware that you need to try and find a way to cut the cycle. You can do this by interrupting it at any point in the cycle, so make sure that you are doing one or the other.
Arguably the best way is to focus primarily on getting more sleep. You can do this by cutting out caffeine for a day or two, reducing your use of screens, and ensuring that you are engaging in some deep breathing practices before bed. As long as you get one night’s good sleep, you can then start to improve your overall health, and you will be less stressed the following day, making the next night’s sleep that much easier. Insomnia can be troublesome and even physically damaging, so it’s vital to make sure that you take the necessary steps to allow yourself more quality sleep.
Now we’ll look into a symptom of stress which is altogether much more serious: chest pains. If you start to experience chest pains, you absolutely need to get on top of it immediately. The first step is to always make sure that you are not experiencing a heart attack or minor cardiac event. Once that is ruled out, you can learn to focus on your breathing in such a way as to keep your body and mind calm. This will help to keep your chest calm too and should alleviate the pain shortly. If this doesn’t work, you might need to begin to root out many of the stressors in your everyday life. Doing so can take time, but it is necessary if you are to get on top of your chest pain as best as you would hope to. This is not the kind of physical problem you want to ignore or allow to worsen.
The above are all serious symptoms of stress which require attention if they are to improve. Knowing what to do in each case, and learning to root out the stress underlying them, will ensure that you can lead a much more stress-free life.
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