Stress can be attributed to any change in life that requires an adjustment or response. Stress, whether it is a feeling of internal pressure or of not being able to cope with specific demands and events, such as relationships, work, study or financial pressures, can become a chronic condition if a person does not take steps to manage it.
Stress is a normal part of life and it is important to know that even positive life changes, such as a promotion at work, moving in to your dream house or the birth of a child, produces stress. Also, it is well documented that our bodies react to stress, producing a variety of mental, emotional and physical symptoms.
Physical symptoms of stress may include:
- Low energy
- Upset stomach/nausea
- Aches/pains/tense muscles
- Chest pain/rapid heart rate
- Frequent colds
- Clenched jaw/grinding teeth