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Shocking Signs and Symptoms of Stress and Anxiety You Can Spot Quickly

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Just how widespread is stress? What are the signs and symptoms of stress and anxiety?

Well, to highlight the severity of stress, it’s worth noting that work-related stress causes 10% of strokes (via raised blood pressure).

3 out of 4 doctors’ visits are related to stress and stress can raise your risk of heart disease by 40%.

Stress is also ruining our diets.

We eat for comfort but also when our body uses up blood sugar (which it does when we’re stressed).

Cortisol makes us store more fat and as such, 40% of stressed people will overeat or eat unhealthily.

Another 44% of people lose sleep due to stress.

The numbers don’t lie!  Chronic stress is a major problem for a lot of people.

Signs and Symptoms of Stress and Anxiety: The Shocking Statistics

And if you thought stress was making you more productive think again: stress blunts creativity and even physically shrinks the brain.

It’s thought that stress related problems cost the US a whopping $300 billion every year. That’s $100 billion more than obesity.

44% of Americans say they are feeling more stressed year on year and 1 in 5 say they experience ‘extreme stress’.

So where is all this stress coming from? The top causes according to Statistic Brain Research Institute are:signs and symptoms of stress and anxiety

Job pressure
• Money
• Health
Relationships
• Poor nutrition
• Media overload
• Sleep deprivation

And it’s easy to see how work might be causing all these problems.

Research shows that there has been a 50% increase in productivity over the last twenty years while wages have remained the same.

The average American will work an extra 6 hours every week for no pay.

In other words?

We’re literally working ourselves to death. And ironically, it’s only increasing our workload.

According to the Statistic Brain Research Institute, American Institute of Stress, NY,

Take a look at the Statistics for Physical Symptoms

• 51% reported fatigue
• 44% reported headaches
• 34% reported upset stomach
• 30% reported muscle tension
• 23% reported changes in appetite
• 17% reported teeth grinding
• 15% reported changes in sex drive
• 13% reported feeling dizzy

Psychological Symptoms Cited

• 50% reported irritability or anger
• 45% reported nervousness
• 45% reported lack of energy
• 35% reported feeling as though you could cry

Chronic stress may already be silently killing you.

The American Institute of Stress reports the following as common signs and symptoms of chronic stress.

Signs and Symptoms of Stress and Anxiety: Physical

• Frequent headaches
• Clenching of the jaw or jaw pain
• Teeth grindingthings stress can do your body
• Stammered speech or stuttering
• Trembling or shaking hands or lips
• Muscle spasms
• General Body aches
• Back pain
• Neck pain
• Shoulder tension and pain
• Dizziness and/or light-headedness
• Sweating
• Feeling flushed or blushing of the facial cheeks
• Sweaty and/or cold feet and/or hands
• Dry mouth
• Frequent illness, such as flu, colds, or infections
• Hives, skin rashes, itching
• Digestive problems
• Heartburn
• Stomach pain
• Nausea
• Diarrhea
• Constipation
• IBS
• Labored or difficult breathing
• Chest pain, heart palpitations, rapid pulse
• Frequent urination not otherwise explained
• Exhaustion, fatigue and loss of energy
• Unexplained weight gain or loss

Signs and Symptoms of Stress and Anxiety: Psychological/Mind

• Panic attacks
• Anxiety
• Excessive worry
• Depression
• Loss of concentration
• Loss of focus
• Problems with learning and cognitive ability
• Racing thoughts
• Brain fog
• Forgetfulness and memory problems
• Difficulties with making decisions
• Overwhelm
• Burnout

Signs and Symptoms of Stress and Anxiety: Mood

• Restlessness
• Nervousness
• Nervous habits
• Nail biting
• Fidgeting
• Feet tapping
• Angry outbursts
• Hostility
• Frequent bouts of frustration
• Mood swings
• Irritability
• Edginess
• Overreaction to petty annoyances
• Frequent crying spells
• Feelings of loneliness or worthlessness

Signs and Symptoms of Stress and Anxiety: Lifestyle And Habits

• Changes in appetite, with unexplained increases or decreases
• Binge eating or eating behind stress
• Poor sleep, including insomnia, and nightmares
• Fighting with people close to youchronic stress symptoms
• Alienation from family and friends
• Obsessive or compulsive behavior
• Drugs
• Alcohol
• Gambling
• Impulsive shopping
• Smoking of cigarettes
• Loss of productivity at work
• Excessive defensiveness or suspiciousness
• Communication problems
• Social isolation and withdrawal
• Lack of sexual desire or interest

By now you MUST be convinced that chronic stress is a serious health and well being!

If you are experiencing any of the signs and symptoms of stress and anxiety mentioned above, you need to TAKE ACTION and say GOODBYE to chronic stress once and for all!!

 

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