By Connor Vierling

Causes of Stress

There are many things that can cause you stress in your life. Things such as your health, if you are suffering from an illness or disease, or if you know something runs in your family and is passed down through the generations with traits, things like heart problems. Another thing that can cause stress are having emotional problems, such as depression and guilt for something you did, and you don't know who to talk to. One of the worst causes of stress is having low self esteem. Low self esteem is feeling poor about your self, such as your appearance.

Signs and symptoms of stress

There are many signs that tell you and the people around you if you have stress. Things such as frequent headaches, grinding your teeth, and stuttering or stammering. Also things such as trembling lips and hands, a lot of back and neck pain, dizziness, frequent sweating and blushing, and cold or sweaty hands and feet. The list goes on and on.

Stress related illnesses

Stress can lead to many different diseases and illnesses that are harmful. This includes things such as heart disease, chronic fatigue, anxiety attacks, mood swings, psychological distress, and depression. Also things like sleep problems, typically insomnia, high blood pressure, eating disorders, and poor immune function.

How to cope with stress

Sometimes it may seem like there is just stress pilling up on top of stress, and you don't know what to do. But there is a hope. If you follow these simple steps, you will learn how to cope with your stress. First you identify the sources of stress in your life. You need to look at your attitude, your habits, and your excuses. You need to organize yourself and prioritize yourself. Also don't make a mountain out of a mole hill. Next, to help, you can start writing a stress journal. Write down all of the good stress and bad stress in your life. Also make a note of when you get stressed, and what caused the stress. Next, look at how you are currently coping with stress and see how you can improve on them.