Could my Headache, Fatigue or Anxiety be Due to Stress?

Many symptoms that we have could be contributed to the stress in our lives-and we may not even know it.

 The Mayo Clinic lists the following effects of stress.

Common effects of stress …
… On your body … On your mood … On your behavior
  • Headache
  • Muscle tension or pain
  • Chest pain
  • Fatigue
  • Change in sex drive
  • Stomach upset
  • Sleep problems
  • Anxiety
  • Restlessness
  • Lack of motivation or focus
  • Irritability or anger
  • Sadness or depression
  • Overeating or undereating
  • Angry outbursts
  • Drug or alcohol abuse
  • Tobacco use
  • Social withdrawal

Mort “Doc” Orman, M.D. is the author of many books on stress and has a site that explains many of the misconceptions about stress and how to get relief. He states on his website:

“There is a common false belief that some amount of stress is good for us. This goes along with a similarly mistaken notion that stress helps to motivate us to be more successful. I understand why these two beliefs have become so popular in our society today. After all, many of us tend to wait until the last minute to spring into full action. We put things off until our anxiety levels rise and then we use this heightened emotional state to force ourselves to get our rears in gear. And while all of this may be very true, it doesn’t have to be this way.  Stress is not required for us to be productive.  Just because stress is very common doesn’t mean that it is absolutely necessary. We all have the ability to be self-motivating. We have the ability to organize our lives to get things done in the limited amount of time we have. We have the ability to be proactive rather than “reactive.”  We even have the ability to self-impose deadlines-just for the fun of it-instead of living in fear that externally imposed deadlines will soon come crashing down on us.” 

Whether you use exercise, yoga, aromatherapy, hot baths or journaling to rid yourself of daily stresses, remember, professional help is always available when you need it.

Maintaining an organized home, work space, calendar and finances can reduce your stress level and allow you more time to do the things you want to do.
Jenny PowerAbsolutely Organized, LLC

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