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Effects of Work Related Stress

I know that you have heard the statement stress can kill you.  It can increase the risk of heart disease and death.  It can lead to higher levels of the stress hormone cortisol.  When you are under stress your body is in a "fight or flight" mode.  Your body is set up to prepare for an emergency action.  Your brain is releasing  a series of chemical alarms.  Your nervous system releases stress hormones including adrenaline. norepinephrine and cortisol.  These hormones are racing through our bloodstream getting us ready to either flee or stay and battle it out.  The heart rate and blood flow increase to give us energy to run faster and fight harder.  Our blood sugar reves up to give us energy.  Our digestive and reproductive system slows down and the growth hormones are switched off and the imune response is switched off. 

Here are some medical conditions that are caused or exacerbated by stress by stress;

Chronic pain                                             Heart disease                                Infertility

Migraines                                                  Diabetie                                       Autoimmune diseases

Ulcers                                                       Asthma                                        Irritable bowel syndrome

Heartburn                                                 PMS                                             Skin problems

High blood pressure


Warning signs of stress and symptoms

Cognitive Symptoms

Trouble remembering memory problems

Cannot make decisions indecisive

Cannot focus unable to concentrate

Bad or poor judgement

Pessimistic seeing only the negative

Anxious or racing thoughts

Worrying all the time

Unable to be objective

Fearful anticipation looking for the worse to happen

Physical Symptoms

Headaches, backaches

Diarrhea or constipation

Nausea, dizziness


Chest pain

Rapid heart beat

Gain weight or loss of weight

Breaking out in hives or eczema

Loss of sex drive

Frequent coldsEmotional Symptoms


Agitated irritable


Quick to anger


Tense and always on edge

Unable to relax

Feeling overwhelmed

Feeling lonely or isolated

Depression feeling overall unhappy when you have no real reason to be

Symptoms related to your Behavior

Overeating or not eating enough

Overly tired sleeping too much or not sleeping enough Insomnia

Wanting to be alone or isolating yourself

Inability to start tasks, procrastination

Drinking alcohol, smoking or doing drugs in order to relax

Nervous habits biting your nails, clenching or grinding your teeth

Excessive activities shopping over exercising

Overreacting to unexpected events or problems

Combative with others

Heart Attack and Stress

I heard this on our local news station:  Studies have shown working 3 hours overtime in a 7 hour work day increases the risk of a heart attack by about 60 % and stress is the linking factor! 

Making that extra money workng overtime is not worth it if you cannot enjoy it.


Now I worked 55 hours the last complete week I worked on my job the nest week I was not able to complete the week.  I had a black out spell hit my head and sustained a concussion.