Stress really isn’t a bad thing. It’s actually a natural process designed to protect or at the very least prepare us for imminent danger. Stress is what helps us run from threats or push through chaotic situations. Stress is the trigger to our fight or flight response. Stress can also motivate us to stop procrastinating and get our work done. It’s what makes us buckle down and get to that task that we’ve been procrastinating about.In small doses and for a short time, stress is a good thing. It becomes a problem when we are totally stressed out and it’s constant. Chronic stress is what causes things like adrenal fatigue, high blood pressure, belly fat and heart disease. But stress is tricky…it builds up slowly and sneaks up on us. We get used to that feeling of constantly being over worked and over stimulated. Many times we don’t even realize just how stressed we are until something major happens and our body then forces us to slow down. (I’m convinced this is what happened to me in the form of dystonia.) Don’t let it get that far. Learn to recognize the early signs of being stressed out. Learn to control of it, work on reducing stress, and most importantly make time to rest and relax so you can recover from the unavoidable stress and pressure life throws at you.
10 Signs You’re Stressed Out
- A general feeling of anxiety and feeling unwell.
- Trouble sleeping.
- Lack of concentration and focus.
- Mindless eating and snacking throughout the day. (Sweet and salty foods are particularly appealing!)
- Needing a nightly glass of wine or beer to unwind.
- Feeling overwhelmed.
- Hair loss
- Compromised immunity.
- Depression and loneliness.
- GI symptoms including nausea, dizziness, and diarrhea.
The problem is that these symptoms of being stressed can stress us out even more. We may respond by pushing harder, which makes us feel even worse. The only way to break the cycle of chronic stress is to address THE problem… the stress.We can do this by making a conscious effort to cut (or reduce) stress, learning simple relaxation techniques, and learning to give ourselves the time and rest that we need to recover.