Everyone deals with stress right? But how much stress is too much. Chronic stress, when left undealt with, can take a toll on your health both physically and mentally so it is important to know how and when to get ahold of your stress levels. But what are the signs you are stressed out and what should you do about it? Well, hopefully you will find the answers to the questions in this contributed post below.
I understand that at times life can get a little stressful. It can be so hard to not let it get to us, but in many cases, the effects of stress can linger and take hold of us without our knowledge or say so. It can be debilitating when the stress gets too much and the ones that are affected are you and your closest people, and certainly not the ones who are causing the stress in the first place. However, as mentioned earlier we can often not be aware that our stress levels are maxed out, so I wanted to share with you some of the signs to look out for.
You are not sleeping well
One of the areas that stress can affect us is with our sleep patterns. Ever wonder why you are lying awake at night worrying about things you have no control of or can’t even action to correct at that time of the night? You are not alone. This is such a common signed that you are stressed and it is actually causing you to feel symptoms of anxiety.
Not being able to sleep because your mind won’t switch off then affects you in other ways as you are tired and less productive, which in turn could then cause you to feel more stressed. It is a vicious cycle. If sleep is an issue, try and work on what you do before bed. A warm drink and relaxation could help.
You are turning to things like alcohol
When stressed many of us can turn to things we think can help ease the mood and how we feel and alcohol can be one of them. However, what starts out as the odd drink can turn into a habit, and this is when you may want to reign it in a little. Alcohol is actually a depressant, so in theory, it can make you feel worse, not better. Trying out sober living might be hard at first, but in the long run, it could help you deal with the overall stress issues you are faced with, rather than masking them.
Your moods have changed
Have your moods changed? Are you more snappy and less tolerant? The chances are your stress levels are causing your mood to change and this can make things worse and not better. If you find that you are doing this, take a moment to step away from the situation and realign your thoughts.
You find yourself upset more than you are happy
It is hard when you find that you are having more down days than good, and if you feel that this is describing your life right now then something’s gotta give. Take the time to work out what is causing you to feel this way. When are those stress signals heightened at their most? Is it work? Is it your relationship or home life? Knowing what the problem is can be a positive thing, as you can then take the necessary steps to resolve it once and for all.
I hope that this highlights when you may be more stressed out about something than you realize.
Though stress may not be something you can avoid, it is definitely something you should keep a track of. Sometimes when we are stressed we try to handle the stress by ignoring it, but this will neither help the situation or make it go away. Stress is something that has to be dealt with face on.
If you don’t deal with stress it becomes chronic, and this type of stress can affect your bodies heart rate, blood pressure, mood, and sleep habits. So it is important to eliminate stress as soon as you can. Try some of the things you enjoy to relieve your stress like exercise, cooking, yoga, meditation, or going for walks.
There are many different ways to relieve stress.
Sometimes you have to eliminate things in your life that cause you too much stress. If it is bad relationships, negative people, or even a stressful job, you must make the tough decision to improve your health.
Don’t wait until it is too late. Remember that a healthy diet full of foods that fight stress can help and make time for yourself. Set dates to spend time with your loved ones or friends to do the things you love.
Stress may not be avoidable but you don’t have to let it take over your life.
Do you feel like you may be stressed out? What are some things you do every day to avoid over stressing yourself? I would love to hear your tips in the comment section below!