12 Symptoms of Chronic Stress & Burn Out

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As a result of a modern day fast paced lifestyle we tend to push aside health issues, and just plow on and into the craziness of doing life.

 

The problem is that these health issues do not disappear because you simply choose to ignore them, in actual fact they may compound and eventually result in serious illness.

 

Chronic stress is associated with a lot of health problems because of the constant high levels of Cortisol secreted by the adrenal glands. As a result the body is constant in a state of ‘stress’ .

 

Symptoms of ‘ Chronic Stress’:

1. fatigue

2. lethargy or tiredness

3. fearfulness

4. chronic allergies

5. frequent illness

6. arthritis

7. anxiety and depression

8. sleeping problems/ insomnia

9. digestive problems

10. memory loss

11.sexual dysfunction

12. the inability to lose weight (after extensive effort)

 

How does Chronic Stress lead to Burn Out?

Our bodies are designed to cope with stress when it is needed, however when an individual experiences chronic stress, it will cause the body to enter into a constant “fight or flight” mode, thereby causing a continuously high level of Cortisol in our body.

 

Cortisol is commonly known as the stress hormone. Cortisol levels that are constantly high can have harmful effects on the body.

Over a prolonged time high Cortisol levels will cause damaging symptoms such as high blood pressure, insulin resistance and Adrenal Fatigue.

 

Elevated blood pressure along with deteriorating insulin sensitivity, are both contributing factors to a compromised health state. This compromised health state will require urgent attention, in order to avoid permanent health consequences.

 

Always consult a Functional Medicine Doctor in order to get a holistic view on treatment. Functional medicine includes treatment making use of medical screening tests, lifestyle and dietary changes, and supplementation in order to restore and repair the body.

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