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Dear Poll: How Does Your Body Express Your Stress

There's plenty of evidence that emotional stress can manifest as physical symptoms in our bodies. That's the good news and the bad news. If we're not paying attention or working to manage and alleviate stress, sometimes a physical sign will get our attention. Ideally, we'll seek to care for ourselves or our situations before the body is impacted. If not, it helps to know the signals our bodies give us and to listen. We can then trace the symptoms back to the cause, and do what we can to work through the initial difficulties.

Ladies, when you're overwhelmed or under a lot stress, what's the most common way your body reacts?


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Rachie-Rees Rachie-Rees 10 years
all of the above- I have suffered badly to the point I have Fibromyalgia, which all of the above are apart of it...requiring regular massage, painkillers, frequent trips to the loo. and rest. Stress can be an illness Fibromylagia Post Trauma Stress are two examlpes and I have both as a result of all the traumas I have been through in my life! R Rees
pia pia 10 years
neck and shoulder pain. and when the stress gets really bad, i usually come down with a cold.
yiddidea yiddidea 10 years
Usually migraines or bad headaches and my face breaks out. Fun!
controlledspin controlledspin 10 years
I am with you, lilegwene. I get panic attacks, then a headache or migraine from that.
JessNess JessNess 10 years
I get major rash all over my face. I sometimes get cold sores- which is even worse!!!
kendallina kendallina 10 years
Headaches, stomachaches, backaches, and difficulty breathing. I'm so glad I put my two weeks notice in at my very stressful job because I will hopefully get rid of having these symptoms of stress everyday.
nycgirl nycgirl 10 years
I know this is gross, but canker sores! I hate them!!
Marci Marci 10 years
We need an all of the above choice for this one!
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 10 years
I scrunch up my shoulders and it hurts the nape of my neck. I definitely hold my stress around that area.
tiani tiani 10 years
all of the above, depending on how stressed i am. once i had been so stressed out for weeks because of a breakup that i had a fever every day and threw up a few times. horrible!
designergirl designergirl 10 years
Debilitating stomach cramps and dizziness.. happened to me just last week
honey31 honey31 10 years
All the above!
lilegwene lilegwene 10 years
Panic attacks :(
nannychica nannychica 10 years
Headaches and migraines. :(
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 10 years
Headaches, headaches, and more headaches. Booo.
SFKitkat SFKitkat 10 years
My skin freaks out--rashes or my face breaks out. I HATE stress!
Bookish Bookish 10 years
Headaches combined with backaches. It's the pits, but usually a good workout will help ease the stress.
Trixie6 Trixie6 10 years
Hives. I break out in hives all over.
honeysugar28 honeysugar28 10 years
Headaches and sometimes dizziness.
dreamsugar dreamsugar 10 years
Weight gain & looooooong periods -- I just had my period for 3 months then when me and my bf broke up it went away -- like that night when he moved out. Trippy!
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