You’re stressed. Everyone’s stressed. No big deal, right? Wrong. The scary thing about stress is just how easily it can creep up on you. Stress is a sneaky sucker that can impact your entire body in some very visible and sometimes bizarre ways. For example, if you have a headache that just won’t go away or can’t seem to get a good night’s sleep, you may be stressed. Americans are super stressed out. A study conducted by the American Psychological Association found that stress levels in the United States continue to rise year after year.
Tack on the stresses of being a caregiver and it’s enough to leave you feeling completely overwhelmed. If you are feeling the stress symptoms start to pile on, you’re not alone. But stress isn’t something to sweep under the rug.
Stress affects your overall health because the mind and body are intrinsically connected. Lookout for these stress symptoms and learn to read your body to recognize the warning signs before it snowballs into a long-term health condition.
Beware of these common stress symptoms signaling some stress overload.
- Memory problems
- Inability to concentrate
- Feeling like your life revolves around caregiving
- Poor judgment
- Seeing only the negative
- Anxious or racing thoughts
- Constant worrying
- Depression or general unhappiness
- Anxiety and agitation
- Moodiness, irritability, or anger
- Feeling overwhelmed
- Loneliness and isolation
- Trouble concentrating
- A feeling of hopelessness
- Overreacting to minor nuisances
- Other mental or emotional health problems
- Aches and pains
- Diarrhea or constipation
- Nausea, dizziness
- Chest pain, rapid heart rate
- Loss of sex drive
- Frequent colds or flu
- Eating more or less
- Sleeping too much or too little
- Withdrawing from others
- Procrastinating or neglecting responsibilities
- Using alcohol, cigarettes, or drugs to relax
- Nervous habits (e.g. nail biting, pacing)
Stress symptoms may be affecting your health, even though you might not realize it. If you are experiencing any of these stress symptoms, it’s important to take control of your health and do something about it. You can’t be a successful caregiver if you don’t care for yourself first.
It’s critical to stay on top of your health as a caregiver. Keeping track of your health shouldn’t be an added stress in your life. Sign up with PHR Plus today and take control of your health and your stress!
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