How stress may affect you mentally and/or physically?
What is stress?
Stress is not always bad. At a low level, stress prepares our bodies for daily challenges by boosting energy, improving intellectual performance, and focusing attention. It is when stress is extreme or lasts for too long, that it becomes problematic and dangerous.
Unhealthy levels of stress contribute to heart disease, anxiety, depression, relationships problem (home, work), drug or alcohol use, weakened immune systems, sleep deprivation and much more. The stress hides behind more issues, where it increases painful emotions and triggers unwanted behaviours.
What are the symptoms of Stress?
-Muscle pain and tension
-Headaches and migraines
-Weakened immune system
-Loss of motivation
-Increased irritability and anger
-Depression or sadness
-Inability to focus
-Decrease sex drive
-Unhealthy eating pattern (overeating or under eating)
-Drug or alcohol use
-Constant thoughts about the stressor
Stress management tips to ameliorate your stress level
-Keep in mind that stress is not a bad thing.
-Talk about your problems.
-Prioritize your responsibilities.
-Focus on the basics.
-Do not put all your eggs in the same basket.
-Set a time for yourself.
-Keep things in perspective.