Sick with Worry

Last week we looked at stress and how our biological history determines our response to it.

We all know that too much stress can be bad for us, but we are not always good at recognising the symptoms.

As chronic stress can affect virtually every part of the body this week we will be looking at some of the surprising symptoms that you may not associate with stress.

Sick with worry

Our top 10

  1. Cravings. Yes really, studies have linked cortisol to cravings of sugar and fat.
  2. Fat storage. There is a correlation between stress to weight gain.
  3. Self- control. Brain imaging research shows that major stress can reduce the amount of brain tissue that regulate emotions and self-control.
  4. Asthma. In a study children who experience severe stress, such as a death in the family, were almost twice as likely to experience an asthma attack over the following two weeks compared with those children not under stress.
  5. Bruxism. Stress can cause you to grind your teeth, look out for our article on Bruxism in the next issue of Perception magazine.
  6. Chronic Fatique syndrome. Adrenal exhaustion, often a result of prolonged stress shares many of the same symptoms as CFS. Such as confusion, forgetfulness, difficulty concentrating, headaches and tiredness among them.
  7. Increased alcohol intake, drug intake, cigarette intake or impulse buying.
  8. Worsening of skin conditions. Eczema, Psoriasis and Acne
  9. Increase in minor accidents
  10. Overreaction to small annoyances

The good news is that most of these symptoms can be helped with stress management. Over the next few weeks we will be putting together some ideas for you to try you that you can build your very own stress management pack.