Symptoms of Stress

Stress can do many things to your mind and body.  Here are 17 different symptoms I have personally experienced in the last year.  I have pinpointed them all to be caused by stress. I am very thankful that I did not have to experience all of the symptoms at one time, but each one has taken their toll.    I'll explain at the end of this post what I have learned through all of this.

1.  Rashes/irritated, itchy patches of skin
2.  Blisters in my nose
3.  Eye Twitching (Blepharospam is the technical term for involuntary eye spasms.)
4.  Unbelievable tense and sore muscles in my neck
5.  Abnormal Acne
6.  Hair loss
7.  Irregular bowels
8.  Weight gain
9.  Unexplained fatigue
10.  Joint pain
11.  Infertility
12.  Depression
13.  Dry mouth/bad breath
14.  Headaches
15.  Lower back pain
16.  Restless leg and body
17.  Nausea

Common effects of stress ...
... On your body... On your mood... On your behavior
  • Headache
  • Muscle tension or pain
  • Chest pain
  • Fatigue
  • Change in sex drive
  • Stomach upset
  • Sleep problems
  • Anxiety
  • Restlessness
  • Lack of motivation or focus
  • Irritability or anger
  • Sadness or depression
  • Overeating or undereating
  • Angry outbursts
  • Drug or alcohol abuse
  • Tobacco use
  • Social withdrawal

Source: American Psychological Association's "Stress in America" report, 2010
American Institute of Stress

In all of my research, not many suggested God could relieve stress.  Focus on the Family suggested this: Practice solitude. Find a regular place for solitude and reflection to pour out broken places of your heart to God.  Enter into your brokenness and desperation.  Ask God to help.  Worship can lift our souls above even the bleakest of circumstances.  By Brian Elliott 

What I have learned through the past year...

God is the source of my daily strength.  

He is faithful in the valley though it is much easier to shout it from the mountaintop. 

There is healing in prayer though the answer is not revealed and the circumstances remain unchanged.

Having Godly friends to pray with and cry with is mandatory in keeping your sanity!

Forgiveness does not come easy, but it will come if you don't quit trying.

Sometimes you just need to cry.

And what I have come to live by...

Tomorrow is a new day filled with new opportunities and chances to try again!   

I'm not sure exactly what God is trying to teach me in this dry valley, but I plan on coming through it victoriously!
"...if you only knew what I was gonna be after this storm you wouldn't even have bothered me..."

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I did not share this information with you to stress you out more or to discourage you.  
That was not my intent in the least.  I hope you will walk away from this better informed and with a resolve to not let the symptoms of stress get the better of you.  Most importantly, let Jesus hold you through your storm.

1 comment:

Heather said...

I needed to read this today. Thank you for sharing what you have learned through your experiences :)