Symptoms of Stress
- Zoning out in front of the TV or computer or phone
- Memory, concentration or judgment problems
- Anxiety or worry
- Overwhelmed, depressed, unhappy
- Moodiness, agitation, irritable
- Aches and pains, rapid heartbeat
- Low sex drive
- Too much eating, sleeping, drinking
- Not eating or sleeping
- Over working or procrastinating
- Pacing or nail biting
Stress comes into our life in three ways.
Past stress is about yesterday but when you think about the stress of the past it generates intense emotions in the present. This stress is a challenge to manage as it is always just under the surface and difficult to get rid of on your own.
External stress comes in all ways. This could be the demands around money, deadlines, responsibilities, other people, unexpected events, caregiving and so much more. When it comes to external stress you need to learn how to budget, prioritize, audit your energy, set boundaries and manage responsibilities.
Internal stress is how you process the external and past stress. This might be how you think or even how you talk. If you thoughts and speech are negative, catastrophic, or fear based you are increasing the stress. Your reaction to stress makes stress bigger, you can learn how to decrease stress by changing how you think and talk about life.
Not only can you decrease incoming stress you can also learn how to implement stress releasers.
What is a stress releaser? Well the third top stress releaser is … you guessed it Exercise. Getting your body moving does so much for both your body and brain. The second top stress releaser is being in the now. You can be in the now for seconds and the best way to do it is through your senses: taste, smell, sound, sight, or touch. You can also experience the benefit of being in the now through guided relaxation or meditation.