Do you have any of these symptoms? Stress-related symptoms -- The American Academy of Family Physicians reported that 60 percent of presenting problems at physicians’ offices in this country are stress-related. 95 million Americans suffer some stress-related symptom each week and take some medication for the discomfort (Nathan, Staats, & Rosch, 1987). The following is a list of common stress symptoms:
Lowered sexual desire or performance
Cold, sweaty hands
Muscle tension and pain
Overreaction to small things
Frequent anger and frustration
Frequent colds or flu
Frequent crying spells
Reduced work efficiency or productivity
Ringing in ears
Gambling or spending
Shortness of breath without exercising
Gritting or grinding of teeth
This is not a complete list. These symptoms can have other causes which may involve some disease process. Check with your doctor if you have any of these symptoms before starting a stress reduction program. However, if your doctor rules out other possible causes, you have hope that you can take control of your symptoms and stress and reduce them. Practicing one of more of the following exercises on a regular basis can enhance and maintain wellness.
If you have one or more of the above symptoms, try one of these stress reducers:
This is a second article on the practice of mindfulness which is based for the most part on a book by Jon Kabat Zinn, "Full Catastrophe Living". This will be a work in progress, so return from time to time to see new additions.