3-Week Series: Double Blessing

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In his book, Margin: Restoring Emotional, Physical, Financial, and Time Reserves to Overloaded Live, Dr. Richard Swenson lists 13 physical symptoms of excess stress. I was amazed to find over half of them going on in my own life. Here are the thirteen:

Stimulation of the cardiovascular system—rapid pulse, palpitations, increased blood pressure, chest pain, arrhythmias.

Gastrointestinal overactivity—hyperacidity, ulcers, irritable bowel, diarrhea.

Tightening of the muscles—esp. of head and neck or lower back.


Weight changes—food used as a tranquilizer.

Increase in infections and cancer—compromised immune system

Rashes, itching


Unexplained fatigue

Shortness of breath

Perspiration or cold, clammy hands

Nervous tics, tremors

Teeth and jaw=clenching

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