1. Stress is your body's normal reaction when it senses danger or a threat of some kind. Stress is what helps us stay focused and alert. It's how we meet challenges, real or perceived.
2. When your body is under stress, it releases adrenaline and cortisol.
3. It is important to know how your body tolerates stress and when you have too much. If your body is constantly under stress, you may not realize the effects that stress is having on you.
4. Too much stress can cause changes in mood, health, and life in general.
5. Stress can cause memory loss, poor judgment, excessive worry, and leave you unable to concentrate.
6. Stress can cause you to feel anxious, moody, overwhelmed, or lonely, all of which can lead to depression.
7. Some unpleasant signs of physical symptoms of stress include chest pain, nausea, constipation, diarrhea, and susceptibility to colds and other viruses.
9. How do you know if you're under too much stress? Some people are just aware of their bodies, and they recognize it. If you are unsure, there are a number of free "stress tests" available online. (Here is one, here's two, here's three.)
10. Common stressors include major life changes, major work changes, financial or relationship difficulties, being too busy, negative self-talk, and chronic worry.
11. One way to to manage stress is to avoid it, if at all possible. Sometimes that means saying, "No," and staying away from people we know cause us stress.
12. Sometimes we have to learn to adapt to the stress so we can better deal with it. Look at the big picture to decide if something is worth getting upset about it. Let go of the things you can't change. Try to focus on the positive aspects of your job, relationship, or whatever is causing stress.
13. Here are some tips for dealing with stress:
- Set aside time each day to rest, relax, and re-energize whether it's through quiet time, deep breathing, meditation, prayer, reading for pleasure, or something else.
- Develop an exercise routine whether it's walking, running, lifting weights, yoga.
- Eat regular, nutritious meals. Avoid too much caffeine and sugar.
- Establish a regular sleep routine.
There are plenty of great tips out there to help us avoid or deal with stress, but we have to take charge and DO something about it.
I'm linking up with the new Thursday Thirteen.
Have a great weekend!