Stress is our bodies response to a demand or threat that disrupts our normal balance. Stress as it builds can effect the body causing health problems like headaches, indigestion and palpitations. More severe cases can lead to panic attacks, generalized anxiety disorder, depression and insomnia. If you are experiencing significant symptoms related to stress please seek care of a physician or counselor.

The stress response releases adrenaline and cortisol, stress hormones, that cause a surge of energy. In a dangerous situation this causes an increase in pulse and breathing allowing you to be alert and run away from the threat. It is when the stress is chronic that the stress hormones begin to effect many body systems. This strain can lead to serious health problems like heart disease, ulcers, hypertension and mental health problems.

Common symptoms of anxiety include: worrying about everything, trouble relaxing, difficulty concentrating, trouble falling asleep, being tired all the time, trembling, sweating, lightheaded, hard time swallowing, irritability, frequent urination and being easily startled.

Stress can rob you of health and happiness. Some simple steps you can do to prevent stress from causing you problems are: social support, exercise 30 minutes a day, set priorities, focus on accomplishments, stay positive, avoid alcohol and drugs, meditate regularly and spend time in nature.

Please seek medical treatment if your symptoms are not relieved with these simple steps. Medication and counseling may be needed to resolve stress related illnesses.