Welcome back to Health and Wellness Fridays!!! 🙂 Today I am going to focus on a topic we all struggle with from time to time and that it is called stress.
What is stress?
I think the most basic way to describe stress is by saying that it is triggered by anything in your life (good or bad) that you have little or no control over that you can’t but help but obsess about. It has the power to motivate you and call you to action if you channel it properly or it can negatively affect your health and other areas of your life.
Some situations or life events that can trigger stress include:
- Job loss
- Death of a loved one
- Financial problems
- Relationship difficulties
Signs and symptoms of feeling highly stressed
Please note that when we’re highly stressed the symptoms would vary from person to person because we all cope differently. Some people might present only one or two symptoms while others might present all if the stress is really bad. Let’s take a look.
Some physical symptoms include: aches and pains, chest pain, diarrhea or constipation, nausea, loss sex drive and headaches.
Some cognitive symptoms include: constantly worried, inability to concentrate and memory problems.
Some behavioural symptoms include: loss of appetite, over eating, problems sleeping, withdrawing from others, display nervous habits such as pacing or nail-biting and increased consumption of alcohol, cigarettes or drugs to help relax.
Lastly, some emotional symptoms include: moodiness, anger, irritability, depression and anxiety.
In life, it is hard to avoid stressful situations sometimes and as such the best thing to do is learn and know our own limits. Once we’ve determined what we can and cannot handle – the next step is finding healthy ways of coping in stressful situations.
How to cope in stressful situations?
- Exercise in any form can not only lift your mood but serve as a temporary distraction allowing you to disconnect the negative thoughts that help fuel the stress.
- Stay connected to your friends and family – these relationships can do so much to help you relieve stress. Talk, laugh, catch up on the positive don’t allow the temporary situation to steal your joy. The more you feel to withdraw from others is a sign that you need them even more.
- Engage your senses – sight, sound, taste, smell, touch, or movement. Music works for me find something that works for you. Maybe you need to join a dance class, maybe cook a lovely meal, maybe you need to use your hands to get creative, get a back or foot massage whatever it takes to get a smile on that lovely face and calm your mind. Do it!
- Watch what you eat – a diet rich in fresh fruit and vegetables, high-quality protein, and omega-3 fatty acids, can help you better cope with life’s ups and downs.
- Get adequate sleep – the body needs sleep to recuperate so that we’re able function at our best. Inadequate sleep can cause irrational thinking.
- Take a few slow and steady deep breaths
- Assess the situation – that is, (what’s within your control and what’s not within your control)
- Address what you can and get help for the rest
Remember, this too shall pass! Stress is not all bad, it is how we choose to handle the situations that determine how we come out in the end. We may not have control over every situation but we do still have control over how we let it affect us.
Stay blessed and not stressed. Have a great weekend.
Thanks for stopping by:)