Every week is busy, and every week we get better and better at persevering and working through that busyness. Sometimes we brush off warnings from the body that we need to slow down as relax. We keep working through the warnings until we get sick. Don’t get me wrong, a little stress is needed to keep us motivated. Problems happen when we don’t relax regularly from stress.
It doesn’t have to be like this. When we become self-aware and can identify when stress is negatively affecting us, we can take the necessary steps to counteract it. The following is a short list of stress symptoms – how many can you identify with?
Aches and pains
Poor sleeping patterns
Eating more or less
Wanting to isolate yourself from others
Stomach pain or upset stomach
Diarrhoea or constipation
Nausea of dizziness
Elevated blood pressure
Cold hands and feet
Aggravation of skin problems and other health problems
Irritable bowel syndrome
Loss of motivation, commitment and confidence
Changes in attendance such as arriving late or taking more time off.
When you identify your usual stress symptoms, you can take steps to counteract stress when those symptoms show. For example, if you feel aches and pains, you can exercise, meditate or get a massage. With depression or anxiety, you may need to talk to a counsellor, exercise, meditate or get a massage. Many of the symptoms of stress can be counteracted by relaxation through journaling, exercising, meditating, massage or Reiki.
My challenge for you today is to watch yourself over the coming weeks and identify the tell-tale signs that you’re getting stressed, and take steps to nip it in the bud.
As always, I’m here to help you, encourage you and support you. If you have any questions, or need any help on our journey together, just contact me through my website, Linkedin or email.
Love and light,