Feeling Stressed? Unfortunately everyone suffers from stress, some more than others. Stress can be both physical and mental. Stress is related to high demands, whether it’s work, financial, relationships, school and health. Stress isn’t necessarily a bad thing, it’s actually essential to our bodies however when too much stress occurs it can be mentally and physically harmful. When we feel like we start losing control of things happening in our lives, stress occurs. Too much stress causes the body’s defense system known as “fight-or-flight” to kick in, the nervous system releases a flood of stress hormones that include cortisol and adrenaline. Essentially this response prepares the body to either fight or flee the threat. Almost anything can cause stress, for some people just thinking about something can cause stress. Others that suffer from mental illnesses such as depression, anxiety and PTSD seem to make people stress out more easily.
I unfortunately suffer from all the above mental illnesses therefore stress is nothing new to me. With an upcoming wedding and all the planning that goes into it I’ve been really stressed out lately. I also recently moved and well that was also stressful. As much as I stressed out I need to remember that this all healthy stress and this stress should pass. When I get really stressed out I get angry, frustrated and overwhelmed and I usually tend to take it out on loved ones. One thing I struggle with a lot and need to remember more often is that not everyone shows stress the same way I do, just because I actually make it known that I’m stressing doesn’t mean my husband will, in fact he’s the opposite which makes me think that he doesn’t care since he’s very nonchalant about things but just because he expresses things differently doesn’t mean he doesn’t care or isn’t stressing. Everyone is different and everyone shows emotions in different ways.
“Life has a way of testing a persons will, either by having nothing happen at all or by having everything happen at once.” -Paulo Coelho
Facts about stress;
- Women appear more prone to stress than men.
This doesn’t mean that men don’t experience stress but men are more likely try and break away from it.
- Digestive problems can occur.
Stress makes your digestive system go bonkers, causing upset stomach, excessive urination and diarrhea.
- Stress can be managed by seeking support.
Talking to loved ones, exercising, meditation or other relaxation techniques.
Now lets talk about stress relief…
- Exercise! Everyone knows exercise makes everything better, wether its depression, anxiety, anger and obviously stress. Exercise lowers your body’s stress hormones-such as cortisol in the long run. It also helps relieves endorphins, which are chemicals that improve your mood and act as natural painkillers, and well who doesn’t like natural painkillers!
- Sleep, and who doesn’t like sleep!? I know I do. Going back to exercise, exercise can also improve your sleep quality, which can be negatively affected by stress and anxiety.
- Confidence. When you exercise, you may feel more competent in your body, which in turn promotes mental wellbeing.
“Friendly reminder to check you’re not holding tension in your body. Let your shoulders drop, unclench your hands and jaw. Take a deep breath. Much better.” -Unknown
Next time your feeling stressed and overwhelmed remember to take deep breaths, drink lots of water, laugh, get enough sleep and\or take a nap, take a break from what’s stressing you out and make a game plan.