+Change in Appetite- Depending on the stressor and person, it can make you feel as if you are never satisfied/full or make you feel nauseas and not hungry.
+Sleep Disturbance- With mental and emotional stress, our mind races at night- unable to turn of the never-ending roll of footage related to the stressors. Stress can also leave us completely exhausted and reluctant to want to get up and start the day or feel as if we have the energy to take on our daily tasks. This results in over-sleep.
+Emotional Changes- The toll of stress effects our entire body- including our mind. The emotional cost is often as poignant as the physical. Symptoms of stress include changes in our emotional states, becoming more: anxious, depressed, unfocused, and hopeless.
+Physical Ailments- As the body works to fight the antigen presented, all systems work together in response. The nervous system and muscles are constantly being engaged to prepare the body for "fight or flight." This can lead to overactive nervous and strained muscles.
+Mental Blockage- When our minds work to get all our systems in order for responding to a threat, our high cognitive processes suffer. We are unable to plan, remember important information, lose common words, names or phrases, and change our attitude and perspective on life.
Stress can be healthy is small amounts to get us motivated to achieve and be successful. However, too much stress and negative experiences rot our bodies and make us susceptible to ailments, mental disturbances, and emotional upheaval. If you find yourself continuously stressed out and/or meeting these symptoms, talk to someone to see how you can prevent, mitigate, or manage the stress in your life or the bodies reaction to the stress.
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