The Consequences of Stress:
Many health experts say that mental and physical stress are responsible for 80-90% of all diseases and may be affecting your health, even though you are not aware of it. You may think an illness is to blame for that nagging headache, your frequent insomnia or your decreased productivity at work, but stress may be the reason.
Common effects of stress
Stress symptoms can affect your body, thoughts, feelings, and your behaviour.
Common effects of stress on your body
Headache, muscle tension or pain, chest pain, change in sex drive, fatigue, sleep disturbances or stomach upset
Common effects of stress on your mood
Anxiety, restlessness, decreased or lack of motivation or focus, feeling overwhelmed, irritability, anger, sadness or depression
Common effects of stress on your behaviour
Overeating or under-eating, angry outbursts, drug or alcohol abuse, tobacco use, social withdrawal and decrease in exercise.
Every day we are faced with stressful situations such as serious family problems, divorce or job loss. The effects of this stress can often lead to serious health problems including heart disease, chronic pain and cancer.
If you have stress symptoms, taking steps to manage your stress can have numerous health benefits and there’s no better way to do this than through massage therapy. Massage can bring back the balance between the mind and body, creating a meditative state of living. Massage therapy can offer a physical and emotional balance, giving the recipient a sense of peace and relaxation.
Aside from bringing relaxation and lowering anxiety levels, a good massage can also help decrease ones’ blood pressure, improve recovery from injury, improve quality of sleep, enhance concentration and increase blood circulation which helps lower fatigue giving your body the much-needed energy to deal with stress.
Help your mind and body manage your stress by booking your appointment today. Call us or book your appointment online.
When to seek additional help
If you’re not sure if stress is the cause or if you’ve taken steps to control your stress but your symptoms continue, see your doctor. Your doctor may want to check for other potential causes. Or, consider seeing a professional counsellor or therapist, who can help you identify sources of your stress and learn new coping tools.
Also, if you have chest pain, especially if it occurs during physical activity or is accompanied by shortness of breath, dizziness, nausea, sweating, or pain radiating into your arm and shoulder, get emergency help immediately. These may be warning signs of a heart attack and not simply stress symptoms.