Over the years, studies have shown that stress is the primary cause of a lot of diseases. Hypertension, cardiac arrest, inflammatory diseases, cancer, insomnia have a link with stress. When some of us use the word “stress,” we mean someone is annoying us. However, it goes deeper than that. Merely thinking about a problem for a long time can cause stress. Heartbreaks can lead to stress. That is why a lot of people experience a heart attack or a stroke out of the blue. There are many facts scientists have proven about stress. Here are some of them:
- Stress is Contagious: If you have someone around you that’s stressed, you are also at risk. How? By watching them stress out, you will feel empathy. In trying to be empathetic, you might stress yourself out because you don’t know if you’re doing or saying the right thing. This is what is called empathetic stress. Family and friends of chronically ill individuals experience this type of stress more.
- You Can Gain Weight: Standing on the scale and realizing you have gained a few pounds is something that can cause sadness. What the majority of people don’t know is that stress is the devil behind the weight gain. When you are stressed, your body releases a hormone called cortisol. Cortisol is what causes food cravings all the time.
- Stress Can Lead to Diabetes: Shocking, right? When your body is stressed, it releases cortisol. If cortisol is released alongside epinephrine hormone, the liver produces more glucose. Production of more glucose can result in type-2 diabetes.
These facts are the important ones both men and women should know. Since we have created an awareness in you now, there are signs and symptoms you should expect.
Quick Signs and Symptoms of Stress in Children and Young Adults
The signs you should look out for are more common. It’s not only adults that experience stress. Children can also be victims. So, if your youngster comes complaining to you, these are the symptoms of stress you should watch for:
- Negative Changes in Behavior: Children and young adults react to situation and circumstances based on what is going on within them. If a child is eating too little or too much, clinging to a parent or teacher, is depressed, and so on, it may be a sign of being stressed. As a parent, you should be attentive to changes in your child or young adult.
- Memory Problems: When I was growing up, anytime my mom got home from work, my job was to put her shoes in her room. If you give your child a task and he or she cannot remember details about it, there’s a problem. Being worried can lead to absent-mindedness. Constant absent-mindedness can lead to memory problems in the long run.
- Feelings of Sickness: Studies have shown that when we are stressed, our muscles become tense and triggers headaches and migraine. Diarrhea can also accompany stress. Anytime your child complains of this, don’t take it lightly. Something might be wearing them out.
If your child keeps complaining of these signs and more, you should talk to your doctor about taking a stress test.
Knowing When to Take a Stress Test
Stress tests are not just for children or youths. A lot of adults take stress tests. However, the fact that you feel tired after a long day at work may not be a sign that you need to get tested. Here are some signs you should watch out for that should prompt you to take a test:
- When You Have Chest Pains: Most people are afraid of a heart attack or a stroke. Very few people survive it in one piece. Stress can lead to cardiac arrest. If you start to feel pain in your chest, you should consider taking a stress test. You might have a more serious underlying problem you are not conscious of. Chest pains are not limited to anxiety. But, a test can reveal a lot.
- When You Cannot Breathe Well: When you exercise, it’s normal to feel out of breath. With time, your heart will regulate itself, and you’ll be able to breathe normally. If you can’t breathe well on a typical day, without exercising, your heart might be at risk.
- If You Have a Family History of Diseases: Diabetes can be hereditary. If you have a history of diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, and so on in your family, you should seriously consider a stress test. You might not want to hear it but, you might be more at risk of developing a chronic disease.
- When You Experience Irregular Heartbeat: Everybody knows how their heart beats. If you feel something that’s not regular, contact your physician for a stress test immediately.
Despite this, you might not necessarily need a stress test if you know how to control your response to situations.
How to Handle Challenges Without Being Stressed
Hardly a day goes by without us facing challenges. You can choose to handle the problem and be stressed. You can also handle it effortlessly without being stressed. Here are some ways to keep stress away:
- Worry Less: We all wish we could control situations we face. But, we can’t. The best way to handle problems is not to worry about the things you cannot control.
- Be Well Prepared: If you know you might encounter challenges in a particular area, such as planning an event, prepare well for it. Write a to-do list. Make a list of the things you need to remember. You’ll be less worked up.
- Set Realistic Goals: Many people that work in companies handle more work than they are capable of. They also promise deadlines they probably will not be able to meet. Keep stress at bay by setting realistic aims. Don’t take on more than you can handle. It’s better to produce excellent results in one assignment than take up three tasks and produce less than average results.
- Remain Positive: If you are suddenly in a situation you didn’t expect, don’t worry about it. Change can be a great thing. Look at your challenge as a stepping stone closer to your success.
- Focus on Solutions: Thinking about the problem too much can cause a headache. Think more about how you can solve the problem.
It’s okay to be stressed out. However, don’t let it get the best of you. Learn to control your emotions and reaction to circumstances. You owe peace to your body, spirit, and soul!
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