You’re chewing gum, pencils, people’s ears off and more. You might even have a headache or hiccups. They’re signs of stress, as are digestive problems, angry moods and an enduring super sensitivity to things that don’t usually annoy you.
Five classic symptoms of stress include:
- Fearing something specific or undefined
- Intolerance for demands made of you
- Lost sex drive
They tend to be part of a recycling scene of not always knowing which problems set them off, what to do about that, the symptoms themselves and your need for solutions.
Rising levels of stress-induced chemicals called cortisol and adrenaline leave you tired after they’ve done their work. Sagging levels of calming serotonin worsen the problem. Oatmeal can boost your levels of serotonin, so enjoy a hot bowl of it, or a few oatmeal cookies. Other helpful foods such as the 17 grams of carbs in one boiled or baked white potato, and the complex carbohydrates in whole grain pastas, breads, crackers and cereals can boost your serotonin levels. Skip the highly sugared, over-salted stuff and go for the lo-cal items made in your kitchen or available in health food stores. Hot beverages can help to calm you down, especially black tea and other warm drinks that you enjoy.
Vitamin deficiencies can cause symptoms and behaviors that seem to be stress-related. Be sure to bolster your body with whole foods, the avoidance of sugary, fatty snacks that harm your immune system and coping skills, and, if your doctor approves, by swallowing high-quality vitamin supplements including B9, B12, magnesium, and C. All of them are available in simple foods such and citrus fruits, avocados, and other fresh produce. You can eat your vitamins instead of buying them in bottles.
Hugs are important for women, so give and get some as needed. According to the Everyday Health site, men need these 10 Ways to Reduce Stress (women can use them, too.). All of us can feel better with exercise, playtime with animals or children, and loved ones. Endorphins are the chemicals responsible for the feel-good responses to all that. The common factor in how males and females calm down is that they make intentional movements, share joyful experiences and take other sensible actions. Reading a good book plus watching or listening to comedy presentations lower stress. Other happiness-producing activities lower stress, too. That leaves your mind better able to seek solutions to the problems before you.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) might help you to reduce tension. CBT is a matter of sitting with a therapist who helps you to identify problematic habits and hang-ups plus effective ways for changing them into productive, tension-reducing activity. It’s far more effective than caffeine, so forget the sodas, coffee and candy. Go for the doctor-recommended advice mentioned throughout this article and feel better for it.
Yocheved Golani is a popular writer whose byline has appeared worldwide in print and online. A certified Health Information Management professional, she is a member of Get Help Israel. Certified in Spiritual Chaplaincy (End of Life issues) and in counseling skills, her life coaching for ill people puts healthy perspective into a clients’ success plan for achieving desired goals.