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Dr. Tsubokura's Radiation Lecture Vol.139

Author: Masaharu Tsubokura PhD.

Editors: Akihiko Ozaki M.D.,PhD., Yuki Senoo MUDr.

277. Listening to the warning signs of stress

 The widespread COVID-19 pandemic is an ongoing event across the globe. The current restrictions require residents to stay home. In the time of COVID-19, many people may experience heavy physical and psychological burdens from the prolonged dramatic changes in daily life routines.

 When dealing the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is important to recognize the warning signs of stress. Changes in mood, such as feeling anxious and depressed, and having decreased motivation, are signs of stress, as are different physical changes, including tiredness, headaches, dizziness, stiff shoulders, and even constipation can manifest. Furthermore, behavioral changes such as increased alcohol consumption, smoking, overeating, and being irritable are signs of stress. It is important to note that one’s body and mind are connected.

 Even if you feel motivated with your current tasks and initially are able to push forward, in other words experiencing a runner’s high, you suddenly may burn out. This is because when you are under stress for a few months, your resilience to stress lowers over time and leads to a mental breakdown. Therefore, it is crucial to not