The holidays are notorious for bringing unwelcome guests: stress, fatigue and depression. But by setting realistic expectations and planning ahead, there’s a lot you can do to keep your holiday season merry and bright.
Stress is a natural part of life, but chronic stress is not, and should not be simply endured as a regular part of life. “Many people believe that chronic stress is just part of living, but it is really not. If you are not experiencing moments of relief from stressful feelings, there is a deeper issue going on inside your body that is threatening to your health,” says Dr. Robert Porzio, a BodyLogicMD affiliated physician at BodyLogicMD of Sacramento, California. Not to mention, that the holidays can actually function as a trigger, taking stress from a mere nuisance to a severe condition threating your health and your life.
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There are a multitude of signs that reveal stress is affecting your health. Being aware of these signs is important to ensuring your stress does not rupture into a more serious condition and spoil your holiday season. These are the classic indications of prolonged stress and a sign you may need to check-in with an expert physician:
- Fatigue and insomnia
- Headaches and body aches
- Depression and anxiety
- Nervousness or irritability
- Memory lapses
- Sugar cravings and weight gain
- Heart palpitations
- Acne or thinning skin
- Allergies or chemical sensitivities
- Decreased concentration
- Loss of libido
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