Each and every one of us has suffered from stress at some point in our lives.
Some, undoubtedly, more than others. However, those unfortunate enough to be living in the every day throws of a stressful life can suffer more than you’d ever realise.
It’s more than the physical outburst or verbal reaction
When someone is stressed the smallest of meaningless situations can be triggers for the biggest most uncomfortable of meltdowns. Something will happen that will make you want to blow a gasket and someone telling you to ‘calm down’ makes you want to punch them in the face.
The thing about it is that someone will only identify themselves as stressed when they have reached the point when either a verbal or physical behaviour comes out of nowhere and has everyone else thinking “WOW”
We understand the effect that stress has on our mood. And, having said that, the easier it is to detect mood changes as a by-product of it.
We can feel anxious, irritable, restless or overwhelmed to name but a few of the emotional reactions we suffer when we are feeling stressed.
But, what if I was to tell you that stress triggers many physical responses in the body also. And, more often than not stress isn’t the first light-bulb thought as to their direct cause.
Stress is almost often related to someone’s verbal or physical behaviours.
But, it is so much more than that. It has the most awful effect on the body, it can be as drastic as hair loss or as itchy as psoriasis.
There are many observations that detail stress as either a real situation or a perceived situation.
And, it also means different things to different people. Hence, depending on your situation and circumstances, something you may find stressful, may be water off a ducks back to another.
Although our bodies are equipped to deal with it, like slamming on the breaks in an emergency or getting yourself out of danger in an instance.
It is the long term, never ending, relentless stress that we are not designed to cope with. It is this, the continual build up and reaction to it in the body that can have detrimental effects on both our physical and mental well being.
One of the scariest things about stress is that there is no part of the body that is immune to it. But, because we all handle it differently, it affects us all differently.
A little stress every now and again is not something to be concerned with.
But, it’s the long term constant ongoing chronic stress that takes a toll on our health. And therefore, it is vital that we become aware of the symptoms so that we can deal with and cut it off at the pass.
Some of the physical symptoms you can suffer are listed below:
- Stomach Upset – at either end of the scale from constipation to diorreah
- Tension in the body that can surface as aches and pains
- Chest Pain
- Low sex drive
- Heart Palpitations
This list is not the extensive list of side effects but none the less are, each in themselves, things we may brush off as being caused by something other than stress.
Stress is part of life, it isn’t going to go anywhere.
What is important is how you deal with it. One of the best things you can do is to begin to understand your stress symptoms and how they manifest within your body. This way you will know you are under stress, and be able to take action against it.
In order to prevent overload.
If you feel you are not handling your stress well, it is helpful to visit your doctor and seek guidance on how to manage stress successfully.
In addition to this, here are a few things you can do to help alleviate stress.
- Take regular physical activity
- Practice relaxation techniques like meditation or mindfulness
- Spend time with people who lift you up and help you switch off
- Practice positive thinking
- Set time aside for a hobbie or an activity that will become a distraction to the circumstances causing your stress
- Spend some time in nature, breathing in the fresh air and listening to the sounds of the birds singing. Peace.
Watching TV, playing video games or surfing the web are not great ways to alleviate stress. You may feel you are getting time out and switching off but rarely do these types of activities help ease stress. It is more beneficial to the body and mind to perform a task which gets the body moving.
During times of stress it is also really most important to be aware of what you are eating. Whole, good foods full of nutrition. Movement and exercise comes into it’s own in the battle against stress and getting as much sleep as you possibly can will contribute to stress relief at it’s finest.
It’s not a good feeling, don’t bottle your feelings up and instead of having an outburst take a big deep breath and own up to feeling stressed. It’s incredible how talking about how you feel can also help you feel better.
Send yourself to bed earlier , switch off.
Control your stress, don’t let stress control you and soon it will be water off your back too.
Co-Founder of Pepper Hustle
And remember, Self Care Isn't a Nicety It's a Necessity