Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Dealing with Daily Living: How to Keep Stress from Sneaking Up on You

Stress is one of those things almost everyone knows about, but no one really gives much credit to when it comes to health problems. But, there’s some new research suggesting stress can have a profound impact on our health. You may not even recognize the symptoms, either, because they’re not always obvious.

Vision Problems

One of the most subtle signs of stress is twitching eyelids and other vision problems, like pseudo myopia (nearsightedness). Vision problems can make you think you’re having a more serious health complication, but you’re really suffering from stress. This is especially true when the vision problems are acute and come on suddenly.


Migraines are almost always indicative of some kind of stress, whether it’s a food-related stressor or a psychological one. Headaches, in general, however, can have a stress-related component. Even if you don’t feel like your skull is about to explode, a mild headache can be more indicative of a health problem linked to stress, so it’s important to assess stress in your life if you get them frequently. You may be holding a lot of tension in your shoulders and neck.

Difficulty Concentrating

Vancouver personal injury lawyers, like Watson Goepel, deal with auto accident cases all too often that are due to distracted driving. But, what many people don’t know is that this distracted driving is often caused indirectly by stress. Maybe you feel stressed by your phone, you feel compelled to pick it up and text or call someone. Maybe you’re stressed out about work and you’re not fully paying attention to the road. Or, maybe you’re feeling tired and unfocused.

Excessive Sleep Or Excessive Sleepiness

If you’re more tired than usual, this may be an indication that you’re under a lot of stress. Sleeping more than 9 hours indicates that you’re run down. You shouldn’t still be tired after this long.

Likewise, if you’re tired during the day, and only getting 5 to 6 hours, of sleep at night, try sleeping more. This may resolve your problems over time. Sleep deprivation is a form of stress, one that can alter hormone levels like cortisol and pregnenolone, along with melatonin and testosterone, making it difficult or impossible to fully recover from the previous day. 

How To Deal With Stress

This is easy - you need to settle down. You need to relax. You need to eliminate the stressors that are triggering your physical and psychological problems. Sometimes, knowing what those stressors are can be difficult. But, in almost every case, you can take an educated guess and be right.

For example, if you’ve recently ratcheted up the workload at the office, you can bet this is negatively impacting you.

Take time to go to a spa, visit a massage therapist, or buy some heat lamps and make a sauna or therapy station at home. 

Try reading a fiction novel that’s relaxing and entertaining, spend time playing video games, or get outside and walk it off. Whatever you do, you need to start making lifestyle changes that can permanently impact your stress levels.

Lisa Belville is a registered dietitian and health advocate. An avid blogger, she likes to share what she finds by posting online. Look for her articles on various websites and blog sites, too.

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