A principal indication of increased stress is an
escalation in your pulse rate; however, a normal pulse rate
doesn't necessarily mean you aren't stressed. Constant
aches and pains, palpitations, anxiety, chronic fatigue,
crying, over or under- eating, frequent infections, and a
decrease in your sexual desire are signs you may notice
which indicate you may be under stress.
Of course, every time we are under stress, we do not
react to such an extreme and we are not always under such
great duress or fear every time we are confronted with a
Some people are more susceptible than others to
stress; for some, even ordinary daily decisions seem
insurmountable. Deciding what to have for dinner or what to
buy at the store, is a seemingly, monumental dilemma for
them. On the other hand, there are those people, who seem
to thrive under stress by becoming highly productive being
driven by the force of pressure.
Research shows women with children have higher
levels of stress related hormones in their blood than women
without children. Does this mean women without children
don't experience stress? Absolutely not!
It means that women without children may not
experience stress as often or to the same degree which
women with children do. This means for women with
children, it's particularly important to schedule time for
yourself; you will be in a better frame of mind to help your
children and meet the daily challenge of being a parent,
once your stress level is reduced.
Anxiety, on the other hand, is a feeling of unease.
Everybody experiences it when faced with a stressful
situation, for example before an exam or an interview, or
during a worrying time such as illness. It is normal to feel
anxious when facing something difficult or dangerous and
mild anxiety can be a positive and useful experience.