The Seven Signs of Stress

Hello everyone.

Dr Brad here again and today we are going to talk about stress.

And there is no doubt that a lot of us have been experiencing unprecedented levels of stress in our lives that past 12 months due to this whole pandemic thing.

Emotional stress, mental stress, psychological stress, chemical stress (more people are drinking alcohol, using drugs, eating junk food – these are sources of chemical stressors) and sadly, stress from physical trauma.

In 2014, Stats Canada reported that 23% of Canadians 15 years of age and older reported most days were “quite a bit stressful” or “extremely stressful”.I find these numbers very disturbing.

That is one in 4 people and young teenagers should not be stressed to that degree. And I would guess without a doubt that these numbers would be much different right now the way things are today; more than one in 4 and younger than 15 years of age.

This is unacceptable!!!

There are 2 hormones that are released into our bodies when we are in stress response. They are adrenaline and cortisol. When they are released in small amounts on an occasional basis, they are of no threat to us.

In fact, they are beneficial.

But, when they are released on a regular, consistent or daily basis and the concentration levels start to elevate in your blood and body tissues, and you are not getting any relief from these hormones, this is when things will go side-ways.

Now, some people are tuned in to their body. They are self-aware and can sense when they are in stress response. They know how to counter-act the stress response and return to that healthy balance.

Not everyone possesses this capacity however. And especially not kids who do not yet have the knowledge nor the life experience to draw upon. Kids are more interested in what going is on in their outer world and not so much what is going on in their inner world (their body).

Here are the 7 signs that your body is in a stress response (let’s call these the 7 signs of pandemic stress):

Exhaustion. You get up in the morning and you still feel tired and not at all rested.

Irritability. You have a short temper.

Frustration. Things that typically don’t frustrate you now do.

Lack of concentration. You have difficulty concentrating on the task at hand.

Increased pain syndromes. More headaches, neck and shoulder aches, and backaches.

Insomnia. No or very little quality sleep.

Weight gain. Weight gain around the waistline and on the hips.

If you have even one of these, your health potential is a risk.

If you are reading this and you are asking yourself … “What can I do to get out in front of this?”, or “ Is there a way out of this mess?”, I want you to know that I am going to do whatever I can to help you.

The first thing however is to become self-aware.

Keep an eye out for any of the seven signs of pandemic stress because once you become aware, then we can take the right steps to move forwards.

So, please make sure to follow me over the next few weeks.

It is very important!

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