How to tell if your body is stressed!
Stress is an inescapable part of our daily lives in this modern world. We can feel under pressure at work and at home with little downtime. If you happen to be on high alert and your stress if full time, all the time, it can start to take a toll on your health. The trouble comes in when we don’t realize how stressed we are and we just keep running on empty.
So, it may be helpful to be aware of the key symptoms of stress, and what you may be able to do to alleviate some, if not all of it.
Chronic tiredness (poor sleep or sleep quality)
Tossing and turning all night is a sure sign of stress and a restless mind. For some it helps to have a regular bedtime and turn off all electronics a few hours before bedtime. That is a tall order if you use your phone or a tablet to read or search social media before bed. One solution is to create bedtime habits counter to technology. A cup of tea and reading an actual book. Light yoga and meditation followed by a hot bath. Light a few candles. But the most important habit to develop is a regular bedtime and daytime exercise routine that sets your body up for true rest.
Feeling burned out
You may be both physically and mentally tired and have trouble concentrating on your work, even on simple things that you can usually do without difficulty. And the harder you push, the worse it gets. Try meditation, guided imagery, and listening to music. Also schedule small regular breaks throughout the day and above all else eat regular meals. Consider getting away from your desk to take a walk or just get a change of scenery so you don’t feel like you are in a pressure cooker all the time.
Chronic digestive problems
If you’ve been suffering from indigestion, constipation, diarrhea, or nausea, it may be due to stress and left unchecked it can develop into a more serious health issue. Stick to your sleep schedule and daily exercise routine but keep the exercise on the relaxing side. Continue to eat small healthy meals, steer clear of too much ‘comfort food’ and caffeine, and it may be helpful to schedule a massage to alleviate stress. Most of all keep your routine and schedule simple and if you continue to have issues go see that doctor!
Have a cold again?
The more run down and stressed you are, the less likely you are to escape that cold that is going around the office. The recipe is very similar to what we talk about above. Rest, sleep regularly, eat healthy and be nice to yourself. No negative talk! 🙂
Being stressed can add more stress, especially if you are trying to be less stressed. Chronic stress can ruin your quality of life, so learn to spot it and take action for a happier, healthier you.