What is stress?
Stress is not always bad. At a low level, emphasis 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 the tools to back your mind’s freedom. 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 are challenging 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.
- With increased sweating, under stress, the body temperature rises to prepare you to “fight or flight.”
- The immune system goes down; you get more infections. Studies show the link between anxiety and 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 a 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 putting 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 cannot 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 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 from 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 severely affect your daily life.
Stress management tips to improve your stress-anxiety
- Keep in mind that anxiety is not always a bad thing. It helps you keep safe.
- Talk about your problems with someone you trust and feel confident. Not to get advice but to truly listen to you without judgement.
- Prioritize your responsibilities, do not overload yourself with more workloads. Keep your day organize with a lot of break time for movement, coffee/tea and breath.
- Focus on the basics and keep your mind in the present moment. The practise of mindfulness helps to keep you in the now.
- Meditation and yoga should be part of your day. Help you keep ground and focus on the present.
- Set a time for you. Self-care is an essential part of taking care of yourself and your needs. Read a book, yoga, meditation, exercise.
- Keep things in perspective; don’t overthink before it happens. Change your mindset to change your through. Keep a positive attitude.
- Eat healthy, veggies, fruits, seeds, nuts.
- Drink enough water during the day.
- Sleep enough, make your bedroom your sanctuary; comfy bed, pillow, candle. If you cannot sleep, listen to a guided meditation.
- Benefits of Meditation
- The benefits of yoga
Meditation to sleep
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