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Hi, Kell here!
Welcome to the StressLess Living Newsletter #11.
Overcoming stress is not something most of us can do. We are consumed by work, our bills, the kids, keeping the home clean, worrying about the heavy traffic, pleasing everyone, and basically anything else that comes to mind.
However, if you're able to see the signs of stress when they first begin to surface you will be able to stay calm and relaxed.
The 5 warning signs to watch out for are:
- Lack of sleep
- Gastrointestinal disturbances
- Unhealthy behavior
- Mood swings
If your warning signs of stress are too much for you then check out what your next move should be.
1. Lack of sleep
We've all had restless nights, but when you experience a lack of sleep on a nightly basis then you're probably dealing with stress. While the kind of stress isn't important, the lack of sleep can actually cause you more stress and anxiety in your life.
You have to remember that your body recovers during the sleeping process, which means if you're tossing and turning all night your energy levels throughout the day are going to be much lower.
Less sleep can put you on a vicious cycle of increasing stress!
These natural sleep remedies help you to get a better nights sleep.
One of the most common symptoms of stress is dealing with headaches.
Did you know that tension headaches afflict more than a third of the population and can lead to several other issues?
If you're not able to relieve your stress levels then they can turn into much bigger problems that is described in "how does stress affect health?"
If tension headaches are a problem for you then these resources may be beneficial:
3. Gastrointestinal disturbances
How many times have you woken up in the middle of the night and your stomach just seems like it's turned upside-down? Keep in mind that this can happen throughout the day, after a meal, or any time you're in a situation that is a little nerve wracking.
Whatever the case may be, gastrointestinal disturbances can wreak havoc on your day, and be quite an embarrassment. Stress can:
Unfortunately gastrointestinal disturbances is one of the signs of stress that most people won't know to link the two together.
4. Unhealthy behavior
It's common knowledge that individuals showing signs of stress will resort to unhealthy behavior. It might be something as simple as eating the wrong foods throughout the day, but it can also mean opting for those addictive behavior options like drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, and anything similar.
Those who normally exercise will start coming up with excuses why they don't need or want to workout that particular day. If you notice this in yourself or someone you know there is a good chance they are dealing with stress.
Here are some healthy ways for dealing with stress.
5. Mood swings
One day you wake up and everything seems great. You get ready, go to work, tell everyone "hi," but then all the sudden you lash out.
Whether it's a person or something you're dealing with at work, you're having a mood swing. These are definitely signs of stress because they feel like they come out of nowhere.
While it's a bit concerning, you will see your mood swings disappear once you alleviate those stress levels. Stress affects your mood by:
Your next move
These signs of stress can definitely have an impact on your day. If you try to ignore your warning signs and symptoms of stress then you eventually may have to deal with stress-related illness.
Stress can literally change you as a person, parent, friend, or employee. You might not know it in the beginning, but when you start to hurt others verbally and emotionally the damage will be done.
This is why getting rid of your stress is crucial to enjoying life and being healthy.
A good first step in your overall stress management plan would be to download a stress diary and identify your stress symptoms.
Once you know your stress symptoms and what is causing you stress then you can put in place effective stress management techniques to deal with stress.
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All the best,
Dr Kell and the team at Stress Management for Peak Performance wish you all the best.