Stress – Fight Your Demons

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Stress – Fight Your Demons

Stress hormones diagram

Stress is a physical process involving hormones in your body.

Stress can be very dangerous and detrimental to your health and wellbeing both mentally and physically. What is stress? Stress is the response of your body to demands and threats. When you are in a stressful situation your body releases stress hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol which prep the body for evasive action. This process heightens your strength, stamina, reaction time and focus. in most situations stress is a good thing. Your body’s natural response to overwhelming situations actually helps you and gives you an edge to overcome whatever obstacle may be in your way. Move beyond that though and out of your comfort zone and then stress can have a very detrimental effect.

Stressed out Edward McConville

This is what can happen when you get too stressed. You do not want to end up like this. Trust me on this one.

Too much stress can cause:

  • Frequent headaches, jaw clenching or pain
  • Gritting, grinding teeth
  • Stuttering or stammering
  • Tremors, trembling of lips, hands
  • Neck ache, back pain, muscle spasms
  • Light headedness, faintness, dizziness
  • Ringing, buzzing or “popping sounds
  • Frequent blushing, sweating
  • Cold or sweaty hands, feet
  • Dry mouth, problems swallowing
  • Frequent colds, infections, herpes sores
  • Rashes, itching, hives, “goose bumps”
  • Unexplained or frequent “allergy” attacks
  • Heartburn, stomach pain, nausea
  • Excess belching, flatulence
  • Constipation, diarrhea, loss of control
  • Difficulty breathing, frequent sighing
  • Sudden attacks of life threatening panic
  • Chest pain, palpitations, rapid pulse
  • Frequent urination
  • Diminished sexual desire or performance
  • Excess anxiety, worry, guilt, nervousness
  • Increased anger, frustration, hostility
  • Depression, frequent or wild mood swings
  • Increased or decreased appetite

That is a long list. It’s not exhaustive either that is juts a highlight of the potential issues that stress can cause with your mind and body. If you are experiencing too much stress then you need to evaluate things and get a handle on it before you start having problems. So how do we beat stress? Luckily just as the list of symptoms of stress is large, so fortunately is the list of things you can do to alleviate it.
The first obvious thing you can do is look at your life and identify the stressful factors in it. Can these be eliminated? If so then that is your first job. Unfortunately it’s not always that simple so here is another list of stress busting tips to help you get a balance:

Exercise more – simple, within easy reach and effective. Get more exercise. Your body will thank you.
Take control – of the situation. Don’t get bogged down. Take a stand and take charge of your life.
Connect with people – sometimes just bending someones ear for half an hour over a cappuccino can do you the world of good. Reach out to your family and friends. Talk about your problems and don’t be afraid of asking for advice.
Be selfish – spend some time on yourself with yourself doing something for you only. Sometimes it’s easy to become overwhelmed with the demands of people around you. It’s important for your mental well being that you switch off once in a while and spend some quality time with you.
Push your boundaries – challenge yourself. Set yourself goals to work towards. Overcoming big hurdles in life will make you a more emotionally resilient person.
Don’t hide behind alcohol, smoking and caffeine – these will only exasperate the issue. Pretty straight forward, no..?
Help other people – and pay it forward. It is important to give something back. Donate to charity, volunteer, help and old lady cross the street, buy a homeless person a meal. You will feel good about yourself and doing this again will make you more emotionally resilient. Don’t ask why it just does, OK!?
Work smarter, not harder – prioritize your to do list. Do the most important things first, yada yada…
Accept things which you cannot change – get over it and move on.
Get plenty of sleep,  at a regular time – Get in a routine and stick to it. No screens for an hour before bedtime. Facebook will keep your mind awake all night if you let it. Wind down and make sure you are getting enough sleep.
Again this is not an exhaustive list but there is plenty there for you to go on. Stress will get the better of you if you let it. But you are not going to now, are you? : )

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