Some of us are not aware of the signs of stress in our lives. Knowing how to recognize if you’re struggling with chronic stress, allows a better chance of addressing it in time. Preventing you from getting into a state of chronic stress and its consequences on your health.
Your body is well equipped to handle stress in small doses, to get you up and moving. However, when that stress becomes long-term or chronic, you’ll experience a negative effect on your health & well-being.
Stress affects all the bodies system including, the cardiovascular system respiratory system, nervous system, musculoskeletal system, endocrine system, reproductive system, and digestive system.
To help you identify stress symptoms:
If you experience any of the symptoms, get support from your medical practitioner
• digestive problems
• aches, pains tense muscles
• difficulty focusing
• frequent colds and flu
• low self-esteem.
In Today,s World Stress is a Reality
In today’s fast-paced world, stress is a major issue for all of us, we can feel scattered and overwhelmed. The pandemic has increased stress for all of us. It is vital we recognize our own stress patterns and discover ways to manage them before it becomes chronic.
Over long periods. chronic stress can contribute to developing a range of physical and mental disorders such as fatigue or burnout as indicated in the image below.
Here are some of the ways to recognize if you’re struggling with chronic stress, which may include;
How to Recognise Stress symptoms
• high blood pressure
• a weakened immune system
• sexual dysfunction
• digestive disorders
• skin problems
• respiratory infections
• depression & anxiety disorders
You need to be aware of the signs. and if you can identify signals that you are stressed, you’ll be better able to manage them.
First get support from a professional or GP to help you identify your triggers, and develop coping skills to manage them.
Using complementary therapy like mindfulness, meditation, or EFT tapping can also support your journey to better health and well-being. You will reduce “cortisol” the stress hormone in the body, with tapping. It calms the part of your brain called the amygdala which is firing that fight or flight response in the body.
When you feel calm you can access the part of your brain associated with problem solving and resourcefulness. We don’t have to figure it all out at once, step by step. Get the support you need to prevent and reduce stress and anxiety that interfere with your happiness in life.