What is stress?
Stress is not always bad. At a low level, stress prepares our bodies for daily challenges by boosting energy, improving mental performance, and focusing attention. It is when pressure 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. Stress management helps you control and improve your stress level; by implementing right away the tools to give you back your freedom from your mind. Recognizing the symptoms of stress, help you regulate anxiety.
What are the symptoms of anxiety?
-Fatigue, you have low energy and no desire to do anything.
-Sleep difficulties, falling asleep is hard and can take hours before you can finally sleep if you are able.
-Stomach-ache happens when the stress starts to take effect on the physical level.
-Chest pain, It feels like a heart attack, often it’s anxiety /panic attack.
-Muscle pain and tension come when your body is crying to let you know to take some break and do some self-care.
-Headaches and migraines one of the frequent signs people experience without knowing it is due to stress.
-Indigestion is affected when your metabolism is slower, as it is not functioning as it should. It is common during anxiety.
-Increase sweating, under stress, the body temperature rise to prepare you to “fight or flight.”
– The immune system goes down; you get more infections. Studies start to show the link between anxiety and the immune system dysfunction.
– Nausea may be caused by stress as your body fight the disturbance.
-Loss of motivation is real as your self-esteem goes down. You feel stuck in your life and do not know what to do next.
-Increased irritability and anger, the less your sleep, the more your anxiety takes control of your behaviour.
-Stress is not the cause of an underlying situation. To treat it, you have to find the reason to better deal with it.
-A panic attack is the result of significant stress and can be harmful long-term.
-Depression or sadness is a result of poor coping skills with stress events.
-Restlessness, having difficulty to put your mind and body at ease. Your brain cannot stop overthinking, and your body cannot rest.
-Inability to focus, having stress-strain your mental energy and the ability to focus on your daily task. ADHD, worsen the symptom.
-Mood swing is one of the distress symptoms from having a lot of stress and not treating it.
-Decrease sex drive as your energy is low and your mind busy with everything going wrong in your life. It is the last thing people focus on when they are under stress-anxiety.
-Unhealthy eating pattern: Over-eating when you feel stress, you go right to your pantry to eat unhealthy food to smooth your emotional pain.
Under-eating, you are not able to eat during a stressful situation as you do not feel the urge to feed your body. Instead, you make it crave, was it is entirely unhealthy. And it can cause severe distress.
-Drug or alcohol use is a typical behaviour, who can have a long-term effect if not treated properly.
-Social withdrawal used is the first thing people do, but it’s not beneficial. Reaching for help within your family and friend will be a better alternative.
-Nail-biting is a sign of nervousness, anxiety.
-Constant thoughts about the stressor, sleep difficulty, not doing self-care and not having the tools to help you shut your mind can have a severe consequence in your daily life.
To improve the symptoms of stress, learn to recognize the early signs.
Stress management tips to improve your stress level
-Keep in mind that anxiety is not a bad thing.
-Talk about your problems with someone you feel safe.
-Prioritize your responsibilities, do not overload yourself with more workloads.
-Focus on the basics and keep your mind in the present moment.
-Do not put all your eggs in the same basket.
-Set a time for you. Self-care is an essential part of taking care of yourself and your needs.
-Keep things in perspective; don’t overthink before it happens.