How Does Stress Impact Your Blood Pressure?
Volume I, Issue II
SIGNS OF STRESS
As you might have guessed from what you’ve read so far, an increase in your blood pressure levels on a regular basis can be a sign that stress levels in your life may have increased. If you notice this pattern, there are other warning signs our bodies provide in times of stress as an additional gut check. A recent article from Web MD offers the following stress indicators to pay attention to:
- Physical signs: Dizziness, general aches and pains, grinding teeth, clenched jaws, headaches, indigestion, muscle tension, difficulty sleeping, racing heart, ringing in the ears, stooped posture, sweaty palms, tiredness, exhaustion, trembling, weight gain or loss, upset stomach
- Mental signs: Constant worry, difficulty making decisions, forgetfulness, inability to concentrate, lack of creativity, loss of sense of humor
- Emotional signs: Anger, anxiety, crying, depression, feeling powerless, frequent mood swings, irritability, loneliness, negative thinking, nervousness, sadness
- Behavioral signs: Bossiness, compulsive eating, critical of others, explosive actions, frequent job changes, impulsive actions, increased use of alcohol or drugs, withdrawal from relationships or social situations
If these sound all too familiar, the good news is there are easy ways to decrease stress levels in your life. Tune in to our next blog posting, “Stress Management: How to Lower Stress Levels (and Blood Pressure!)” to read more on this topic.