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Many of you have symptoms or feel a certain way, but you aren’t sure why or what is causing these challenges.  Read the list of symptoms below, and see if you are experiencing any. Then, we can talk about the what and the why.

Emotional symptoms

  • Becoming easily agitated, frustrated, and moody
  • Feeling overwhelmed, like you are losing control or need to take control
  • Having difficulty relaxing and quieting your mind
  • Feeling bad about yourself (low self-esteem), lonely, worthless, and depressed
  • Avoiding others

Physical symptoms

  • Low energy
  • Headaches
  • Upset stomach, including diarrhea, constipation, and nausea
  • Aches, pains, and tense muscles
  • Chest pain and rapid heartbeat
  • Insomnia or changes in sleep pattern
  • Frequent colds and infections
  • Loss of sexual desire and/or ability
  • Nervousness and shaking, ringing in the ear, cold or sweaty hands and feet
  • Dry mouth and difficulty swallowing
  • Clenched jaw and grinding teeth, causing jaw or tooth pain
  • Hair loss
  • Eyelid twitching

Cognitive symptoms

  • Constant worrying
  • Racing thoughts
  • Forgetfulness and disorganization
  • Inability to focus
  • Poor judgment
  • Being pessimistic or seeing only the negative side
  • Bizarre and unusual dreams

Behavioral symptoms

  • Changes in appetite — either not eating or eating too much
  • Procrastinating and avoiding responsibilities
  • Increased use of alcohol, drugs, or cigarettes
  • Exhibiting more nervous behaviors, such as nail biting

So, what do you think? Are you finding that you are experiencing a lot of these symptoms?  Are they affecting your lifestyle? Do they interfere with things you want to do?

Well, these symptoms are caused by STRESS. Yes, that’s correct. Stress in our lives is the culprit of a lot of bad things. A little stress every now and then is not something to be concerned about. But, ongoing, chronic stress has serious consequences and can cause or exacerbate many serious health problems.

What Are the Consequences of Long-Term Stress?

  • Mental health problems, such as depression, anxiety, and personality disorders
  • Cardiovascular disease, including heart disease, high blood pressure, abnormal heart rhythms, heart attacks, and stroke
  • Obesity and other eating disorders
  • Menstrual problems
  • Sexual dysfunction, such as impotence and premature ejaculation in men and loss of sexual desire in both men and women
  • Skin and hair problems, such as acne, psoriasis, and eczema, and permanent hair loss
  • Gastrointestinal problems, such as GERD, gastritis, ulcerative colitis, and irritable colon

It is time to do something about your STRESS once and for all. Don’t wait until it’s too late.  I offer stress, pain & life management services and they will help you get relief instantly.

Cynthia Maurice – lifedesign@thejoys.us – 843-465-7138




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