We are a very stressed out nation.  As a matter of fact, it’s now at an epidemic level.

We’re so stressed out, however, that we often don’t even recognize the signs of stress other than an overloaded to-do list or schedule. But researchers suggest that managing our stress may be our #1 health concern leading to all sorts of chronic issues and eventually disease.

It appears that high stress levels can damage everything from our immune systems to our relationships. But if you’re not aware that you’re stressed, what are you going to do to manage it?

Pritikin Longevity Center had an acclaimed stress management program that is a personalized plan for a new, healthier, and more fulfilling life base on the simple idea that: EVERYONE WANTS MORE HAPPINESS AND LESS STRESS.

In workshops with nationally acclaimed psychologists who utilize the most effective behavioral methods to achieve lasting results, clients will learn how to:

  • Maximize their stress hardiness
  • Cope with high-risk situations
  • Break the pattern of self-defeating thoughts
  • Cultivate support from friends, family, and colleagues
  • Take advantage of wellness resources
  • Surmount depression
  • Make the most of your intimate relationships
  • Achieve long-term lifestyle change

You are introduced to skills, many of which are surprisingly simple to implement, that will help you develop the ability to relax, fend off stress, and, most of all, recapture your joie de vie.

The Raj Ayurveda Health Spa has a program which focuses on helping you to recover from stress and anxiety, rejuvenate, and learn natural effective stress management techniques for your day-to-day life. At the Raf, they emphasize and warn that Stress and Anxiety:

  • Lead to chronic diseases such as heart disease, stroke, immune disorders, and even cancer.
  • Negatively affect judgement, decision-making, alertness, creativity, and emotional balance.
  • Cause increased conflict and aggression.

This is known as stress disorder or stress ‘burnout’ and here are many of the common symptoms that eventually lead into the above consequences of severe stress to your entire mind, body and soul:

  • Low energy, easily fatigued
  • Poor memory and concentration
  • Poor sleep quality, not waking up refreshed
  • Anxious, restless, difficult to relax
  • Low motiviation, bored or depressed

Here are 5 more physical signs that you’re harboring stress that are hidden behind what we assume are from other causes…and also ways to cope with them. Keep in mind that these are just ‘quick fixes’ below, we’ve addressed some long term management options above.

1. Tight jaw. This one isn’t such a hidden sign as a tight jaw is pretty easy to spot. But if you’re waking up with a tight jaw, you might be clenching or grinding your teeth at night. QUICK FIX: If this is you, you’ll want to schedule a visit to the dentist to get a night guard.

2. Inability to sleep. Worry can keep us up at night, or it can cause fitful sleep cycles. If you’re exhausted, you’re less able to manage stress during the day. QUICK FIX: Researchers recently demonstrated in the Journal of Physiology that an afternoon workout session may help balance out your wake/sleep cycles, enabling you sleep more soundly and fall asleep more quickly.

3. Changes in your period. Any change in your period, can be caused by stress. The absence of your period is a big sign that you’re not taking care of yourself, but also an increase in cramping and pain can be a sign, too. QUICK FIX: Try a few restorative yoga poses to help decrease physical tension in your body. WATER!

4. Acne. Yep, it’s not just for adolescents. You will notice like clock work, when you are stressed, you start getting breakouts. Lots of times cyst-like formations, that you should NEVER try to pop or play with, will rear their ugly heads. They just need to go down on their own , it’ll happen when your stress goes down. Our goto is  QET Botanicals Spot Serum treatment, we are religious about it. And keep yur hands off of your face!

5. Your breathing actually becomes shallow when you are stressed, so pay attention to your breathing. Try a Pranayama Breathing class!

Best way to begin to de-stress is to pay attention to when you are stressed out and why and develop coping mechanisms to cut it off at its nasty pass!

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