Are you Stressed? Nope, that isn’t a trick question I promise.
Stress is a natural thing. In fact we need a certain amount of stress to function properly. It helps us get things done doesn’t it? The problem is all to often these day stress gets beyond healthy limits, out of control and starts to ruin our lives and health. Soon we start to show the negative results of stress..and that just isn’t a great place to be.
Everyone responds a bit differently to being over stressed. Some may find they have stomach upset, can’t sleep or others start experiencing anxiety and panic attacks. It can wear you out and make you start to feel run down and tired which of course leads many to also feeling out of patience and grumpy. Suffering from high levels of stress for a short while won’t kill you but allowing it to go on for extended periods can really affect your health, your career and your social life quite badly. It can lead to life altering things like depression, isolation and many serious health issues. Some of the symptoms of being over-stressed are:
|- Sudden feelings of fear or panic||- Feeling tense or wound up|
|- Waking up early in the morning||- Difficulty sleeping|
|- Feeling edgy or bad-tempered||- Irregular eating patterns|
|- Upset stomach||- Smoke or drink to excess|
|- Poor concentration||- Poor memory|
|- Constantly feeling exhausted||- Feel apathetic, tired|
|- Fear you will lose control||- Feel short of breath|
|- Tightness in your neck, shoulders or back||- Avoid worrisome situations|
|- Palpitations or butterflies in your stomach||- Lack of confidence|
|- Headaches or migraines||- Pessimistic about the future|
|- Feel under pressure||- Aches and pains|
|- Emotional||- Feel physically run down|
|- Feel distant, dizzy, unreal or remote||- Worry about the future|
|- Lack of interest in thing you normally enjoy|
If you find that you fit these symptoms it may be time to DO something about it before you have even bigger problems. Consult your doctor. Find a Coach who can help you plan how to de-stress and get back on track. Don’t think you have to go it alone or figure it all out by yourself. Life is not meant to be spent this way. It is however, up to you to take the first step in making it better!