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. But it’s important to recognize the signs that you are stressed out.
Also, 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.
If you have a constant wired, tense feeling, more than likely you are stressed out.
Many times we don’t even realize just how stressed out we are until something major happens and our body then forces us to slow down.
Don’t let it get that far. Learn to recognize the early signs you are stressed out. Learn to control the stress, work on reducing the stressful situation, and most importantly make time to rest and relax so you can recover from the unavoidable stress and pressure life throws at you.
Our anxiety does not come from thinking about the future, but from wanting to control it.” – Khalil Gibran
10 Signs You Are 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.
How Do You Relieve Stress?
The only way to break the cycle of being stressed out all the time 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.
- Limit caffeine.
- Don’t drink to relieve stress. Alcohol will likely make things worse.
- Increase physical activity
- Try meditation
- Talk to a friend
- Keep a journal or try adult coloring
- Improve your time management
- Know when to say no.
- Take a day trip out in nature.
- Join our 30 day stress reduction challenge for easy to implement, actionable tips to reduce stress in your life!
In this life, we’re all going to experience stress. Unchecked it can contribute to poor health.We can’t always control everything. But we can control how we respond to it.
You can’t always control what goes on outside, but you can always control what goes on inside.” – Wayne Dyer