I get stressed. You get stressed. We all get stressed. No one is exempt from stress. Stress happens. We can’t control what happens. But we can control how we react or respond to the stressful situation.
Effects that stress can have on the body:
Signs and signals that our body is being affected physically by the stress.
- Things like headache
- Clenching your jaw or teeth, tightening of the jaw; tension on the jaw
- Tension in any other parts of the body
- Feeling run down and tired; fatigue
- Chest pain
- Having an upset stomach
- Difficulties in sleeping
- Blood pressure is high
- The immune system can even be suppressed from stress.
- Decrease sex drive
We can be affected by stress emotionally and even mentally. Our mood can be affected. Things like feeling anxious, anxiety, not being motivated, not being able to focus, being irritable, anger, frustration. All of those are the manifestation of stress on our mood, our emotions and on the opposite end of the spectrum, people experience sadness or even depression.
How can stress affect our behavior?
Stress can affect our behavior and it can make us do thing uncharacteristic. Things like overeating, indulging to things we find comforting in. Some individuals experience the polar opposite of that and are unable to eat. They have no appetite. Under eating can be a response for some. Exercising less often. Anger. Some people would have outbursts which are ugly and explosive because that is the behavior they are exhibiting in response to stress. Some people find comfort is self medicate or self treat by using drugs or alcohol. One that we don’t usually notice is pulling back. Withdrawal. Withdrawing from family and friends. That’s another behavior that we can exhibit because of stress.
Listen to your bodies. Be in tune with what our body is communicating with us. We can control how we react and respond to a stressful situation.
What can you do to manage stress?
Management techniques that all of us can use.
Regular Physical Activities
– Exercise is so powerful to help us reduce and minimize our stress. It helps to stabilize our minds, our mood. There are happy hormones or endorphins released when we exercise. All the anxiety and frustration can be worked off just by exercising. Whatever that you like to do, do it. Physical activities will help to manage your stress.
– Taking a deep breath can help minimize the stress level as well. Before you overreact or have outbursts, take a moment of pause, take few deep breaths, breathe in and exhale out. Do this several times and you will reset your mindset. Some of your anger will start to dissipate and you won’t have some outburst.
– Meditating daily is a great strategy to use to effectively manage your stress. Some people also want to incorporate yoga into their stress regimen. If you like to go to yoga, then go to yoga.
Getting a Massage
– All those knots that are in your muscles, in your shoulders, in your necks, can just be worked out and the massage can be so therapeutic in helping you to relax.
Spending time with people that you love
– Spending time with your family and friends is a way that you can manage your stress. Doing something enjoyable. Sharing some laugh, some jokes, doing some fun activities together with the people that you love can help to minimize stress.
Make some time for your hobbies
– Things like reading books, listening to music, going to a museum, or traveling, whatever you like to do, make some time for you. The “me time” is so important for you to disconnect from all the stressful factors and things that are pushing and pulling you in a thousand directions and enjoy some time doing the things that you like to do.
– To get all the ideas swirling around your head, get it onto the paper. Getting it out and dumping onto the paper. And whatever you do with your pen, your anxiety level goes down.
After you try these various techniques and you’re still struggling with stress, if you need some time talking with a trained medical professional, a counselor or a therapist to get your stress under control, that is okay. The goal is for you to be happy and to be healthy and to get your stress under control so it doesn’t make you feel physically sick. If you need to engage a therapist, a professional, then that is a strategy as well. Whatever it takes to manage your stress and under control and reduced, then that is what you need to do.