What are Stress Illnesses, how do I know I have one and how do I overcome them?

What are Stress Illnesses

Stress can be both good and bad and at it’s most basic level it is our bodies response to situations or a life event. Stress is the dis-ease we feel in our bodies in response to pressures, demands, fears and worries. Healthy levels of stress can fuel our motivation and determination. It can be the kick we need to take action or see something through. On the contrary unhealthy levels can result in all sorts of illness a list of which can be found below.

What I find the most intriguing thing about stress is that often we can’t notice how stressed we are unless we are very good at being self aware. We are much more likely to become aware of the illnesses which are caused by our stress.

Below are my 42 signs of stress along with the symptoms you may experience which could be stress induced.

Below is a list of symptoms which can be stress induced:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Allergies/hay fever
  • Anxiety symptoms or panic attacks
  • Back, neck or other aches and pains 
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Constipation or diarrhoea
  • Depression
  • Eczema
  • Eating disorders 
  • Fatigue/tiredness
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Food intolerances
  • Frequent infections e.g. bladder, thrush, chest, ear 
  • Hiatus hernia or heartburn/reflux
  • Hyperventilation or shortness of breath
  • IBS/colitis/spastic colon
  • Insomnia
  • ME/CFS 
  • Migraines 
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Numbness, itching, burning, tingling
  • Obsessive, compulsive thoughts
  • Palpitations, rapid heart rate/low BP
  • Phobias
  • Pain in the pelvic region
  • Raynaud’s disease 
  • Repetitive cough
  • Restless leg Syndrome 
  • Repetitive Strain Injury
  • Self-mutilation or self-cutting 
  • Stomach – ulcers, reflux, heartburn etc
  • Swallowing difficulties or gagging 
  • Tendonitis 
  • Tension headache
  • Tinnitus 
  • Ulcer symptoms 
  • Undiagnosed chest pain
  • Vertigo/dizziness
  • Veruccas and/or warts
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My Top Tips to Reduce Stress

There are many things you can do for yourself to lower the impacts of the stress you experience. Some of my top tips are below, give them a try.

  • Make time for hobbies and interests.
  • Create daily relaxing habits such as walking, meditating or yoga.
  • Focus your efforts on things you can control.
  • Learn to manage your time more effectively.
  • Let go of things outside of your control.
  • Spend time with understanding friends and family.
  • Set appropriate limits and say no those which could create unnecessary stress or overload.
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About the Author - Zoe Thompson

Zoe is a qualified hypnotherapist, NLP practitioner and SIRPA Pain Recovery Specialist. Zoe is passionate about helping people find freedom from the anxieties, stress illnesses, chronic pain and other issues that prevent fulfillment in life and work. Zoe has 10 years experience in helping people make positive change so they feel happier and healthier in their life. You can read more about Zoe here.

How I work with Stress - 4 simple steps

Step 1 – The first step is a complimentary mindset review, this is an opportunity to meet either in person or online to learn more about your specific experiences. It’s also a chance to answer any questions you have.

Step 2 – If we decide my services are right for you we’ll begin with an in-depth assessment, helping you connect the dots and understand what is contributing to your symptoms.

Step 3 – Following your assessment we’ll design an individual treatment plan to tackle any elements which came up in the assessment. You’ll have 1-2-1 sessions either in person or online.

Step 4 – Your plan will also be supported by online tools which are available 24/7 so you can deepen your understanding and improve your mental toolkit in the comfort of your own home.

If you would like support with your Stress Illnesses, click below to book a complimentary mindset review.

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