How to Deal With the Physical Consequences of Mismanaging Stress


There is rarely a simple or single solution to any problem no matter how large or small. However, the situation can be made worse if the resulting stress is mismanaged since mismanaging stress can lead to a variety of health problems. There is evidence linking the mismanagement of stress with high respiratory infection, coronary artery disease, autoimmune disorder, poor wound healing, and depression. These health problems represent the extreme conditions that can occur.

With regards to lesser conditions, there is solid evidence that stress affects most of the basic functions of life, including sleep, memory, managing pain, sexual activity, and getting nourishment from food. It is also becoming acceptable knowledge that many of the changes usually attributed to getting old are often caused by or accelerated by stress. These changes include the graying of your hair, the decline of your immune system, the aches and pains you accumulate, and your basic ability to learn new information and remember all the wonderful things that have happened to you along the way.

Although stress-related physical symptoms can appear to be overwhelming, stress can be managed and the physical conditions can be minimized or even eliminated, regardless of the cause. Here we will focus on some of the more common symptoms such as frequent headaches, fatigue, insomnia, and restlessness.

For frequent headaches, get a good night's sleep. Have something to eat and do relaxation exercises for the neck, head, and shoulders. Message the puzzles, and scalp, or put a warm, dry, cloth or a cold, wet one (whichever feels better) over, face, head, or neck.

For fatigue, do not try to fight the fatigue. Sleep as long as you can and go to bed early every night. Eat small amounts of complex carbohydrate foods regularly during the day. And, consider taking a course of B complex vitamin pills or Ginseng.

For insomnia, drink a hot milky drink before bedtime. Eat protein and carbohydrates rich foods in the evening and avoid tea and coffee, especially at this time. Eat your evening meals earlier. And, reduce your alcoholic intake.

For restlessness, try relaxation exercise such as lying on the floor and progressively stretch and release each and every part of the body. These relaxing exercises help you to recognize and distinguish between the different sensations of tension and relaxation.

Use these strategies to manage the symptoms associated with stress and therefore minimize the potential of stress escalated to the more extreme physical conditions earlier mentioned.