Thursday, June 14, 2012

Thursday Thirteen

Health care issues are a problem for many of us. Stress is a biggy, one that is blamed for many things but no one seems to know how to deal with it.

Is stress a problem in your life?

Here are 13 physical problems that might be caused by stress:

I bite my nails.
1. Clenching or grinding your teeth.

2. Biting your nails, chewing pencils, or similar behaviors.

3. Chronic colds, cold sores, or yeast infections.

4. Feeling blue, irritable, tired, and/or overwhelmed.

5. Food cravings, particularly those you seem unable to control.

6. Frequent bloating, indigestion, or diarrhea.

7. Frowning or wrinkling your brow often.

8. Breathing rapidly and shallowly.

9. Trouble sleeping.

10. Frequent headaches.

11. Memory troubles, such as forgetfulness or problems focusing.

12. Skin rashes, hives, or acne breakouts.

13. More illnesses than normal.

And here are 13 stress relievers:

1. Talk to a friend.

2. Eat walnuts and/or tuna, which slow cortisol production.

3. Eat carbohydrates such as bread or pasta earlier in the day.

4. Take Vitamin C.

5. Do yoga, tai chi, or some other relaxing body-movement exercise.

6. Meditate.

7. Listen to music.

8. Write in a journal.

9. Use breathing exercises.

10. Laugh.

11. Go for a walk (preferably outside).

12. Try aromatherapy.

13. Don't put stuff off.

Thursday Thirteen is played by lots of people; there is a list here. I've been playing for a while and this is my 246th time to do a list of 13 on a Thursday.


  1. I'm pretty sure my stress habits are eating and stomach problems. But i do tend to forget a lot of things too. At least i can unwind by being lazy on my couch or find things to do outside, and blog!

  2. I've been known to grind my teeth - not very nice for the person listening. Excercise all makes me feel better and definitely helps with the stress.

  3. My sleep is usually affected by stress. I find listening to music almost always puts me in a better frame of mind. Happy T13!

  4. It's like a stress see saw that needs to be balanced. Even exciting things can be stressful for me. Unscheduled time is probably the best stress reliever for me.

  5. I've had most of these symptoms off and on over my life, and yet there is very little in it to cause stress.

    1. Alice, I have come to the conclusion that stress differs by person, and what the majority considers stress to some is not to others, and vice versa. I long ago figured out that what many people do not consider to be stressful is still stressful for me. Perhaps you're like that, too.

  6. I love how you set up the problem (which believe me, I know first hand) as well as offering up solutions.

  7. Still playing catch-up now that I have my computer back. Sorry I missed this one. Though I have experienced a few of these symptoms at some time or other, most of my stress tends to settle in my neck and shoulders which, unfortunately, can lead to headaches and migraines.


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