Stress is the number one cause of premature death in almost every country in the world. Studies have also shown a huge spike in deaths by heart-attack and stroke following war or natural disasters, showing that high-stress situations can even cause sudden, unexpected death.

Most of us may not have to worry about these short-term effects, but the long-term damage caused by stress can be much more insidious and reduce our overall quality of life.

The consequences of stress are experienced in every aspect of our lives, including emotions, behaviours, cognitive ability, and physical health. In fact, almost no part of the body is not affected by it.

Even worse, the symptoms of stress are varied and often vague, while individuals can experience results very specific to themselves. Nevertheless here’s a checklist of the most common symptoms you can check to see whether you’re suffering from stress.

Emotional symptoms of stress include:

 Becoming easily agitated, frustrated, and moody

 Feeling overwhelmed, experiencing a feeling of loss of control

 Finding it impossible to relax 

 Developing low self-esteem, lack of self-worth and general feelings of negativity

Physical symptoms of stress include:

 Low energy

 Headaches

 Upset stomach, including diarrhoea, constipation, and nausea

 Aches, pains, and tense muscles

 Chest pain and rapid heartbeat

 Insomnia

 Susceptibility to colds and infections

 Loss of sexual desire and/or ability

 Nervousness and shaking, tinnitus, clamminess

 Dry mouth and difficulty swallowing

 Clenched jaw and grinding teeth

Cognitive symptoms of stress include:

 Constant worrying

 Racing thoughts

 Forgetfulness and disorganization

 Inability to focus

 Poor judgment

 Being pessimistic or seeing only the negative side

 Behavioural symptoms of stress include:

 Changes in appetite — either not eating or eating too much

 Procrastinating and avoiding responsibilities

 Increased use of alcohol, drugs, or cigarettes

 Exhibiting more nervous behaviours, such as nail biting, fidgeting, and pacing

What happens when I suffer from long-term stress?

Ongoing, chronic stress, however, can cause or exacerbate many serious health problems, including:

 Mental health problems, such as depression, anxiety, and personality disorders

 Cardiovascular disease, including heart disease, high blood pressure, abnormal heart rhythms, heart attacks, and stroke

 Obesity and other eating disorders

 Menstrual problems

 Sexual dysfunction, such as impotence and premature ejaculation in men and loss of sexual desire in both men and women

 Skin and hair problems, such as acne, psoriasis, and eczema, and permanent hair loss

 Gastrointestinal problems, such as GERD, gastritis, ulcerative colitis, and irritable colon

Using Synctuition to combat stress

The best approach to stress is to manage it before you start developing any serious symptoms. Some people will tell you to simply change your lifestyle and cut out the things that cause stress, but that is a luxury many of us simply cannot afford. In most cases, it is our careers and family responsibilities that cause the most stress, and these can’t simply be cut out.

What you need is a relaxation routine, one that triggers the body’s natural relaxation response in order to start combating the effects of stress. The problem with many relaxation techniques is that they end up adding to your stress levels, however unwittingly. 

The need to be at a certain destination at a certain time, deal with strangers or prepare and study in advance makes many traditional relaxation techniques less effective.

Synctuition offers a scientifically proven, personalised way to achieve a deeply relaxed state, improve the quality of sleep and rest and generally combat and lower stress levels, all done at a time and place that suits you.

The positive emotions that listening to Synctuition audio creates will improve your sleep, significantly reduce stress levels and train your brain to achieve relaxation increasingly easily.