5 Symptoms of Stress And What You Can Do About Them
Especially for busy woman today, stress is an almost inescapable part of our daily life. Our hectic lifestyle in our fast paced modern world can leave us constantly feeling under pressure at work, home and even play.
If you feel stressed all the time, it really can start to take its toll on your health. The trouble is that many women never realize just how stressed they really are until they have a major health event or crisis.
So, what are the main symptoms of stress, and what can you do to relieve stress naturally?
Here are 5 of the main symptoms you might experience:
Poor Sleep or Sleep Quality
Tossing and turning is a sign of an unsettled mind. Try meditation or guided imagery. Simply thinking about something pleasant or picturing a favorite place can provide a “mini-vacation” from what is stressing you.
Chronically Fatigued or Tired
If you are struggling to get to or stay asleep, this lack of sleep will soon lead to an overwhelming tiredness. Even those women who do manage to get some sleep might feel listless. Focus on getting a solid 8 hours of sleep a night and aim for being in bed and asleep by 10:30pm. Also add exercise to your routine. It is energizing and helps reduce stress (but not right before bed.)
Chronic Digestive Problems
If you’ve been suffering from indigestion, constipation, diarrhea, or nausea, it might be due to stress to start with, but soon can become a serious health issue on its own. Eat small healthy meals and steer clear of too much ‘comfort food’ and caffeine. Aim for 7-11 servings of fruits and vegetable per day (eat slow burning fruits and vegetables to manage your blog sugar levels) and cut back on fatty foods like meat and fried foods.
You may be both physically and mentally tired and have trouble concentrating on your work, even on simple things that you used to be able to do easily. And you may find that the harder you push, the worse the situation becomes. In these situations, try meditation, guided imagery, and listening to music. You may also want to schedule small regular breaks throughout the day and make sure you do not skip breakfast or lunch. Consider getting away from your desk to take a walk or just get a change of scenery so you do not feel like you are in a pressure cooker all the time.
Increasing Bouts of Physical Illness
The more stressed-out and run-down you find yourself, the less likely you are to be able to avoid infection. If you find yourself getting sick more frequently with colds and flu, consider adding more nutritious foods to your diet and practice better hygiene by washing your hands well and often.
Chronic stress can have a dramatic effect on your health and the quality of your life over time. By learning to spot it and take corrective action, you’ll discover a healthier, happier you.