Health Tip: Stress Has Its Warning Signs

-- Everyone has a certain amount of stress. But too much of it may make us feel quite fearful or worried, not to mention the physical effects it can cause, such as a rise in blood pressure.

The National Women's Health Information Center offers this list of warning signs that you may be stressed out:

  • Insomnia.
  • Diarrhea, constipation, bloating, irritable bowel syndrome or stomach cramps.
  • Feeling tense, irritable, anxious, sad, angry or depressed.
  • Difficulty paying attention or feeling like you don't have any energy.
  • Significant changes in eating habits or body weight.
  • Skin reactions, including hives.
  • Increased symptoms associated with diabetes, asthma or arthritis.
  • A rise in blood pressure.
  • Decreased sexual desire.
  • Pain in the back or neck.

Posted: September 2009


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