Your body says a lot

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In the last card we spoke of stress being unhealthy in two ways: the intensity of stress and the duration of stress. Your body gives off certain signals when experiencing stress.The signals can differ per person. The signals when experiencing acute stress can also be different than with chronic stress. With this card we will take a look at your physical stress signals, so you can identify these and act on them more quickly. Besides the way you think about stress, the way you act on stress can also be a big evildoer. Do you choose to eat a hamburger behind the TV binge-watching series and go to bed as late as possible, or do you do a relaxation exercise, cook a healthy meal and go to bed on time? These are the consequences of stress that you are fully in control of, and that will mostly determine how harmful stress is for you.

Physical signals when dealing with acute stress

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Increased rate of breathing

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Being out of breath

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Shaking

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Heart palpitations

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Problems falling asleep

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Nausea

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Tense muscles

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Chest pain

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Sweating

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Excessive peeing

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Muscle ache

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Diarrea

Physical signals when dealing with chronic stress

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Tiredness

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Sleeping disorder

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Changes in appetite

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Fluctuating weight

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Pain

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It’s a valuable skill to be able to notice these signals, so that you can take timely action.

Keep a ‘stress signals’-diary this week in your chat application and discover what the most important signals are for you. (Not a member of Openup? Write your own diary on a notepad or similar):

1.  Which signals do you feel in your body?

2.  How strong is the signal on a scale of 0 (hardly there) to 10 (very strong)

3.  How did you react to this?

Sometimes it's quite difficult to stop and think about what’s all happening in your body. Would you like to practice some more with observing your body? Try the following 15 minute body scan:

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