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Warning Signs Of Stress, How To Cope With It

Updated on June 10, 2012

Warning Signs of Stress

Stress comes in many forms and many of us may not even be aware of the warning signs, stress could effect your overall health if not handled properly. Stress can be caused by a heavy workload, divorce or break-up, finances, relocation or new job. Looking for the warning signs can aide you in understanding how to manage your stress The following are warning signs that you are pushing yourself to your limit and seriously need to decompress before you do serious damage to your mental and physical health.

1. Loss of Concentration

2. Nail-Bitiing

3. Restless sleep patterns

4. Smoking or Drinking more

5. Increased irritability and anger

6. Problems with Indigestion and overeating

7. Hair Loss

8. Sex drive begins to go into downtime

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms it is time to give your body and soul a vacation before you cause some catastrophic damage not only to your self but to others as well.

Managing your Stress

The ancient secret of managing your stress is to look after yourself first, remove some of the things that are causing you stress and give yourself some breathing room, it can make such a difference if you follow these few simple steps.

1. Do One thing at a time: I realize we all multi-task but for goodness sake know your limits, don't keep piling on the tasks.

2. Let it Out: Sometimes we become so overhelmed that we want to yell ,scream or punch, do itin a way where it is not going to harm you or anybody else.

3. Accept Assistance: Women are more apt to do this then men ,gentleman if someone offers accept it, as they are only trying to help ,put that man pride in your back pocket.

4. Know your limits: Don't become over competitive or set your expectations to high.

5. Walk Away: If it is stressful walk away ,and ladies if their is an argument involved let him go blow off some steam, he will be back let him decompress.

6. Take a day off: If this includes work, chores, all responsibilites then do it, as everyone is entitled to a break. Where those favorite slippers and that comfy robe, put your feet up and relax.

7. Breathing Skills: This is so important close those peepers and breath slowly inhaling and exhaling bringing that heart rate down. At the beginning your head may feel a little light and you will feel the tension through your neck loosen up, so just relax and love your body and soul.

8. Excercise: Some of us like it, some of us don't but excercise is one of the best things to aide in the relief of stress. Walk with your spouse, a significant other a friend or with your pet. If you feel up to it, join a gym just do something physical to help that body relax.

Being able to manage your stress can make a big difference in your mental health and well-being.

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      Julianna 6 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      All to often, we need to learn how to effectively deal with stress or we end up having issues that we desire not to have. Thanks for the kudos.

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      Mala Srivastava 6 years ago from India

      Very well written. Many of us suffer from stress and look for ways to cope with it effectively.

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      Julianna 8 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      KaylaJay: We certainly do!!! I wrote it but I myself do not always abide by my own rules. I am glad that you enjoyed it! :)

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      KaylaJay 8 years ago

      Really great hub!! I think many of us need to do more to manage our stress because it can really weaken us so we need to regain our strength back!! I LOVE it.

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      Julianna 8 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      swathin2: None of us manage our stress well at all and it is one of the leading causes of heart attacks. We need to learn how to pamper ourselves better. I will be happy to read yours. :)

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      swathin2 8 years ago

      Nice tips of managing the stress. this is a important point as many are not able to control their stress. this is a busy world and if we are not refreshing ourselves then it really a big problem not only to us but for all the people who are with us

      feel free to comment me back on mine

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      Julianna 8 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      Curious Traveller: Nail biting is the worse thing to do, imagine everything underneath them. lololo Yuck !!! :)

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      Curious Traveller 8 years ago from United Kingdom

      Lots of great advice here - I wish I had read it a few years back when I truly needed it.

      When I read your list of eight symptoms of stress, I thought: well, at least I never started biting my nails! Enough said. :)

      Great Hub.

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      Julianna 8 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      urimidden: I as always appreciate your comments and thoughts.:)

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      urimidden 8 years ago

      I have to disagree just a bit. To hit or kick something when you're angry can excessively associate aggression with violence and build a propensity to follow it in a rash way. This is why self-defense is best taught in a subdued environment of attrition.

      As well, some environments in particular professions truly insist that one deal with stressful situations at the same rate and level as calm ones. It is essential to understand stress better, and the diets that avoid and overcome it. There are many daily consumables which attack the nervous system and mental tenacity of both adults and children. Best to eat healthy with lots of fresh raw vegetables and pure clean water, and avoid sugar and excessive caffein...etc...etc...

      I do agree that we all need to decompress at some point, however, stress management is an extremely helpful tool to have in the arsenal.

      Great hub!

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      Benji Mester 9 years ago from San Diego, California

      In a wierd way, I kind of like stress. Paul said, "We rejoice in our sufferings because we know that suffering produces perseverace; perseverance, character; and character, hope." Whenever I get way stressed out, I always try and count it a blessing that I'm learning perseverance. Doesn't always work though, haha. Thanks for the hub.

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      Lgali 9 years ago

      this is good one

      Sex drive begins to go into downtime

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      Julianna 9 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      I would say that I have to agree as many are under an abundance of stress, so eleviating some of it makes it wonderful. :)

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      Stacie L 9 years ago

      this is timely information.In today's economy,it's very difficult to remain stressfree.

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      Julianna 9 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      Barbie, Vacations are so nice maybe you and Eddie can take a nice little drive up to the mountains and get away for a weekend. Everyone needs one of those. Thank you for commenting. :)

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      Barbie-Perkins 9 years ago from Cincinnati, OH


      Great Hub! Vacation sounds like a wonderful idea for stress reief. Deep breathing is also helpful. Thanks for the great advice. 

      Barbie Perkins

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      Julianna 9 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      Eddie, You are so welcome!!!:)

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      Eddie Perkins 9 years ago


      This is very good hub and advice. My last job (customer service) just about sent me off the deep end.

      I recommend retirement. :)

      Thank you. ~ eddie

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      Julianna 9 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      ripplemaker, Thank you for commenting and I have always wanted to try Yoga. :)

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      Michelle Simtoco 9 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      This tips are really helpful. Breathing slowly and deeply helps me a lot along with some yoga stretches. :)

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      Julianna 9 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      billnad, I realize that we all do it, but we have to pull back from so much as it will cause cloudiness and undue stress that we do not need. Thank you so much for commenting.:)

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      billnad 9 years ago

      I love the attitude of stopping doing multitaksing. I used to think that multitaksing was great but I would scramble around trying to do 10 things and would only get a couple done and done not very well. Thanks for the great hub on a really important subject

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      Julianna 9 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      Miss G, Thank you for commenting and yes we do need to take time out for ourselves.

      drgratton, I also have been able to relate and all of us need to decompress, so take time , you will thank yourself for it.

      rajakrsnan: Can you provide more about dyhana as it sounds very interesting, write an article on it, as I am certain it could be utilized.

      Netters, You are so welcome!!!

      Dottie1, Being a mom myself I agree but we have to as otherwise if we do not take care of ourselves we can stroke, have a heart attack, suffer sever depression etc. Let the hubby help and take turns to decompress , find a sitter and go out and have fun as it is good for your well being. Thank you for commenting. :)

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      Dottie1 9 years ago from MA, USA

      Putting yourself first is a hard one to do especially I think for mothers but a very necessary one. Thanks for the warning signs and tips to deal with stress that we all need to consider as we approach the holiday season.

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      Netters 9 years ago from Land of Enchantment - NM

      Great article! Thank you for the tips, I needed them!

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      rajakrsnan 9 years ago from Bangalore

      i do not have the 8 symptoms, but i know i am very stressed. i feel that whenever i look into the mirror.

      the suggestions for destress is the right ones you have mentioned. becaue i too follow the same methods. coupled with dhyana it works very well. atleast 4-6 months time should be given to assess the improvements. any assessment before this period is futile and an utter waste.

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      drgratton 9 years ago from United Kingdom

      Great hub and I can relate to so many of the symptoms, particularly the overloading of tasks - desperately need some quality time out! Thanks again :-)

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      Miss G 9 years ago

      So many of us live busy, hectic lives that we don't stop and breath for a second or step back from everything and RELAX, you made very good points. We all need to take time out of our busy schedules to follow those steps!Great hub!

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      Julianna 9 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      You are on a good drug, , You have Jesus!!:) Thanks for stopping in:)

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      mikeq107 9 years ago

      Great hub Julianna ;0)

      Looking at the list I seem to be doing fine or I`m on a good drug... LOL

      Keep them coming !!!

      Mike :0)