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Symptoms of Too Much Stress

By Dr. Dawn-Elise Snipes Published 11/19/2006 | Health

We only have a limited amount of energy to deal with life, and stay healthy.  When you spend too much time focusing on one area, the other areas get neglected.  Think about the last time your were sick or had  a big project due at work.   Housekeeping, relationships and sleep start to get neglected. Review the list below to see if you are over stressed.


 SYMPTOMS OF SYSTEMIC IMBALANCE


Think about your life over the past 6 months. Read each of the following statements. Mark those that apply to you,

EMOTIONAL


Mood swings


Cry a lot


Anger easily/Low frustration tolerance


Depression


Restlessness/Irritability


Loss of a sense of pleasure in most things


Thoughts of suicide


Feelings of hopelessness or helplessness


Development of addictions: smoking, Drinking, eating disorders


MENTAL


Rigidity (my way or the highway)


Stifled creativity


Exaggeration of personality traits


Difficulty with problem solving


Difficulty concentrating


Difficulty getting focused/easily distracted


Difficulty taking others point of view


PHYSICAL


Changes in sleeping habits


Restless sleep


Lethargy


Stomach aches


Headaches


Neck tension


T. M. J.


Back pain


Hyper ventilation


Frequent adrenaline rushes


Constipation/diarrhea


Increase in number of illnesses


Increase in overall muscle tension


Longer recovery period from exercise


Sweaty palms


Acne


Hair falling out


Worsening both medical conditions such as: diabetes, high blood pressure




SOCIAL


Reduction in number of friends


Difficulty making friends


Difficulty trusting others


Reduction in contact with friends


Reduction in recreational activities


Sense of alienation


Questioning of friends loyalty


Withdrawing from friends who represent a certain area of your life (i.e. Work)


Inability to form relationships which meet the needs of self and other


Loss of a sense of humor


SPIRITUAL


Inability to appreciate the present moment


Inability to appreciate the simple things


Difficulty accepting strengths and


         weaknesses in self and others


Difficulty remaining objective


Difficulty taking others perspectives


Lack of a sense of the belongingness


Egocentrism


Lack of a sense of purpose


Lack of a sense of commitment to anything


Judgementalism


Ambivalence about personal ethics & values


Conformity to cultural dictates regardless of


               personal feelings (path of least resistance)


VOCATIONAL


Loss of productivity


Inability to stay on task


Lack of desire to go to work


Low morale


Increased absenteeism


Reduced attention to detail


Withdrawal from coworkers


Now that you know your symptoms, identify where you are losing precious energy and how you can rebalance that to make sure the things that make life meaningful and happy are not neglected.