4 Symptoms of Chronic Stress You Don’t Want to Ignore

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How to Overcome Chronic Stress

People come to my office to use hypnosis and Neuro Linguistic Programming Techniques to dealing with stress all the time. Usually it’s when people are experiencing the problems associated with chronic stress that they come for help.

That’s because being stressed out all the time has negative effects on your body and impacts your well-being.

What is Stress?

We all experience stress. Stress is a natural reaction to certain situations and is a part of the reason your ancestors survived and you’re here today.

Let’s say you’re walking along a trail in the mountains when you see a coyote staring at you in the middle of the path in front of you.

Seeing the coyote may cause your blood pressure to increase and speed up your heart and your breathing rate. This helps oxygen and other nutrients, like glucose, to quickly begin entering your thigh and back muscles. This energy gets your body ready to either run away or fight the coyote.

If it’s only one coyote it will probably leave. Once the coyote leaves your body wants to go back to homeostasis or back to a balanced state. It wants to bring your the blood pressure, breathing rate, body temperature, your level of glucose in the bloodstream, and everything else back to your normal range.

This is exactly what the stress response was designed to do, to protect you from danger.

What is Chronic Stress?

Chronic stress, on the other hand, is not is not a normal stress but it can and does happen naturally. Chronic stress is when your body remains in a stressed state for an extended period of time.

For example, let’s say you’re in a fire. The fire burns over 60 percent of your body. In order to escape the fire you jump from a window and break a number of bones, including your thigh bones.

To help you survive your body activates your stress response and keeps it activated. It sends glucocorticoids to boost your immune system throughout your body. It also sends beta-endorphins to help you deal with the pain.


This is your body’s natural response to your burns and other injuries. It does this to keep you alive. Without your stress response your body would be overwhelmed by the pain, it would be overcome by infections and you would continue to bleed until you died.

The problem is that chronic stress can do the same things to your body even if you’re only experiencing tough situations on a regular basis. This can result is some very real side-effects, which if left unattended, can lead to further challenges down the road.

Identifying Chronic Stress

While stress is a natural part of life, chronic stress isn’t. If you are experiencing any of the following behaviors or if of theses states of mind have been prevalent at any stage of your life then you are probably becoming a victim to an ongoing cycle of stress.

The good news is if you’re able to identify them then you can take action you need to reduce your stressors. You can use stress reduction methods such as exercise and meditation to bring you relief and restore your balance and well-being.

4 Symptoms of Chronic Stress

1. A Shift in Your Sleep Habits

If your sleep is being affected there’s a good chance it’s being caused by stress.

A shift in your sleep habits is pretty good sign that something is bothering you. You’re the best judge of this because nobody knows your body better than you do. You know how much sleep you usually get and if you find yourself sleeping either significantly more or less than you normally do, chances are you’re experiencing a great deal of stress.

• If you notice a shift in your sleep habits then try engaging in relaxing activities at the end of your day. Calming activities, like meditation or taking a soothing bath  or even watching a funny movie can help to relax your body and put you in the proper frame of mind for rest.

• If your sleep issues persist, see your doctor or a sleep specialist.

2. Weird or Irrational Behavior  

How are you handling the daily situations you’re faced with? Are you handling them with your usual calm, controlled, effective manner? If the answer is no and you’ve noticed some weird or irrational behavior, you may be dealing with the symptoms of chronic stress.

• If your mood has swung from frustration, anger and irritability to defensiveness, impatience and overreaction then there is about a 100 percent chance you are experiencing the symptoms of chronic stress.

• Some other moods and states of mind to watch out for include:

Feeling depressed

Feeling helpless to accomplish things you can normally accomplish easily

The inability to make rational decisions

Feelings of restlessness and anxiety

3. Displaying Nervous Behaviors

Chronic stress can physically manifest itself by causing a display of nervous behaviors.  If you are experiencing any of the following signs of nervous behavior then it will greatly behoove you to identify the cause.

• Twitching movements in your face or body

• Fiddling with objects like your keys or pens

• More than usual talkativeness

• Grinding your teeth

• Biting your nails

• Uncontrollable pacing

4. Confusion and Indecisiveness

If you’re one of those people who can quickly think through a problem and make a decision but now you can’t, it’s likely that you’re experiencing the symptoms of chronic stress.

• Chronic stress can result in the feeling of being overwhelmed and out of control, even with things that you can normally handle with confidence.

You Need to Take Action

Your health isn’t only your body and ill health doesn’t always mean feeling aches and pains. Chronic stress can result in serious health challenges both in the short and long term.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms of chronic stress then do whatever’s necessary to reduce it. It could save your life.


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About the Author

Wil Dieck is America’s #1 Mental Fitness Coach©. He is also the founder of Total Mind Therapy©, a system that uses Neuro Emotional Conditioning (NEC)©.

NEC is a system that uses the best of three highly effective processes, Advanced Hypnosis, Neuro Linguistic Programming techniques (NLP) and the deep breathing meditative breathing techniques from Qigong, a Chinese Martial Art. He has combined them into one powerful system that can help you make quick and lasting shifts in your thinking and your behavior.

Wil is a Master Neuro Linguistic Programming Practitioner (NLP) hypnotherapist and Qigong Practitioner. His office is located in San Diego, CA.

He has taught hundreds of people in individual and business settings how to use Neuro Emotional Conditioning (NEC)© techniques in both their business and personal lives in methods of overcoming chronic stress and living a calm, success filled life.

Wil is available for individual coaching sessions and group presentations on how to use NEC or hypnosis and Neuro Linguistic Programming as well as the deep breathing meditation techniques from Qigong to overcome chronic stress.

If you are interested in learning more about using Neuro Emotional Conditioning (NEC)© techniques to overcome chronic stress then call (619) 293-3255 for your complimentary personalized assessment and action plan. In this session we’ll discuss the goals you wish to achieve and you’ll go away with an action plan packed with information on how to achieve those goals.