In today’s fast-paced environment, there are so many obligations pulling at us, that we may become overwhelmed and end up really stressed out.
A typical day for most of us;
You finally fall into a deep sleep when the alarm starts blaring. Your feeling antsy before your feet even touch the ground. You rush through your morning routine so you can get out the door and go off to a job you may not even like, stressor 1. You hit traffic on your commute or public transportation is late/crowded, stressor 2. You walk into work late just to remember you have a deadline, stressor 3.
The rest of your day is not much better. Then you make trip back to your house but you don’t get to sit back and take the load off. No, you now have to make dinner either for yourself or your family. It’s no wonder many people walk around with a constant frown on their faces.
Signs that you might be too stressed out:
Your immune system becomes weak, making you susceptible to infections and viruses, a simple cold may turn into a full-blown flu. You develop unhealthy eating habits which could make you feel better temporarily but in the long run is detrimental to your health and other unhealthy habits like drinking and smoking.
You may develop physical ailments such as tension headaches, joint or muscle pain, insomnia and chest pains, just to name a few. Oh yeah, it’s all connected. I for one tend to break out when I’m stressed.
Can too much stress make you sick?
Yes. Too much stress can lead to serious health issues. Issues like heart disease, stroke or hypertension. You can even die. Heart disease can result in death, so can a stroke. Unfortunately, we can’t snap our fingers and become stress free. But we can engage in activities that can greatly help us reduce our stress levels.
- Exercise; when we exercise, our bodies produce endorphins. Endorphins can greatly improve your mood.
- Meditate; don’t underestimate the benefits of taking a break. Find a nice quiet place with minimal distractions and simply breathe in and out until you feel better. If you find yourself unable to concentrate and get in the moment, try walking meditation.
- Listen to music; the right kind of music can set the mood. Play something that makes you feel good. It may be a slow song or it may be something upbeat that you can slowly sway to. Choose whatever feels right to you. I like to listen to classical music and musical scores from favorite movies, like Lord of the Rings.
- Time out; take a nap. Sometimes our bodies need sleep in order to recuperate from our hectic schedules, and be sure to stay hydrated. Dehydration can cause headaches which in turn may put you in a foul mood. Can you say stressor?
- Take a bath; turn off the lights, light a couple of candles around the bathroom. Put your favorite song on repeat and sink into a bubble bath. I take a lot of baths with Epsom salt, cause it’s not only relaxing but it can also help reduce swelling and ease body aches and pains.
- Don’t have a tub, consider using a scented fizzing shower bomb. You simply toss it onto your shower floor and let the aromatic scented vapor envelop your senses. There are many blends and scents to choose from. To make it last longer, place in a dry area where it will not get wet. The steam from your shower will activate the essential oils in the shower bombs and slowly release them into the air. I like citrus blends, especially in the morning. Wakes me right up.
Do whatever feels right to you to relieve your stress as long as you don’t hurt yourself and others. Let me know how you like to relieve your stress in the comments and feel free to share.