Stress is a common phrase used nowadays. Let’s break it down and talk about the different types of stress.
Stress isn’t always a bad thing. In small doses, it does help to motivate you to perform better especially under pressure. At least this is what our body’s original stress mechanism was built for. However, when you’re living in a perpetual state of stress/emergency, your mind and body end up paying the price for it and you can start to feel out of balance.
Some signs of stress may include headache, mood swings, irritability, or disrupted sleep. It is important to learn to recognise the early signs and listen to your body communicating to slow down and find a way to de-stress. Another disadvantage is that stress can impact your relationships, your ability to concentrate, your focus on your priorities. It can spill over into your physical wellbeing and even harm your immune system making you prone to illness.
The good news here is that you can protect yourself by recognising all the signs and symptoms of stress and do your best to take the steps to mitigate its harmful impact on your mind and body.
Here are some common effects of stress
Stress affects every aspect of your life. The symptoms can be mental, behavioural or emotional, or maybe even a combination of it all.
On your body:
Headache, muscle tension, fatigue, change in appetite, change in sex drive, sleep problems, and frequent illness.
On your emotions:
Anxiety, restlessness, lack of motivation, focus, insecurity, forgetfulness, insecurity, feeling overwhelmed, anger, sadness.
On your behaviour:
Binge or under-eating, crying spells, anti-social, angry outbursts, drug/alcohol, avoidance, sleeping too much or too little.
Some Stressbusters you can keep in mind while dealing with stress
● Get enough sleep. Getting a good 8-9 hours of rest/sleep plays a huge role in being productive for the day.
● Eat a very balanced meal. Binge eating junk food or adding sugar and processed foods to your diet can cause more stress to your body. Poor eating is often associated with stress and it is important to avoid this and the additional guilt it can bring on top of your stress.
● Exercise regularly. Finding movement or workouts you love allows you to release tension.
● Learn deep breathing techniques, there are different apps now that help you track your breathing and progress.
● Practice saying "no" to situations that you aren't comfortable with and people that add stress to your life
● Stay away from using Alcohol or Other Drugs in an attempt to relieve stress.
● Laugh! It’s the best way to relieve stress. Try watching a funny movie with friends using Netflix Party or even youtube videos. There is abundant content available today.
● Call a friend who you trust, this makes a huge difference in being able to relieve stress.
If you are someone who feels that you can cope with everything, then you are wrong. Excessive worry and stress can impact the quality of your life and it’s time you admit this and get the right help. A professional health clinician can help you identify and help you find relief. There are many resources that are available to gain an understanding of how stress and anxiety can impact you and also find solutions that will be best for you.