Stress can intensely affect your entire body. You might think that your migraine and insomnia is caused by some illness, but the truth is, it is most likely brought about by stress. So how does stress affect your health? Here’s how.
Stress and your body
Stress has various effectson your body. You might be stressed if you feel the following:
- Headache and migraine
- Muscle pain
- Chest pain
- Low sex drive
- Upset stomach
These are all symptoms and effects of stress. It might just be one or two of them but if you feel any of them, de-stress.
Stress and your mood
Stress does not only affect your body, it also affects how you perceive and react to things. Even the slightest stimuli can cause you to be irritable. You might also feel sad all the time which is not good at all since it might lead to depression. It can affect your productivity at work which can later lead to more stress.
Stress and your behaviour
When you are stressed you tend to eat more than you usually do. You have crazy cravings. You can also experience angry outbursts over the simplest things. You rely on alcohol and tobacco just so that you can relax for a time.
How do you manage stress?
If you are stressed, it is important to understand the reason for it. Once you are able to determine it, stay away from it as much as you can. Start exploring stress management strategies such as regular physical activities, relaxation techniques like yoga and tai chi, and the easiest could be socialising.
Laughter is the best medicine. So, keep your sense of humour active, laugh at the simplest things. Pursue your passion and use that as your way of de-stressing.
There are also inactive ways to help you cope with stress. Watch TV, surf the internet,or play video games. Sleep well and eat a healthy balanced diet. Limit your vices and caffeine.
When should you seek help?
If you are not so sure if you are stressed but you are experiencing the symptoms mentioned above, it will be best to seek an expert’s advice. You can also look for a therapist who can help you determine the reason for your stress and they might be able to find ways to help reduce it. If you don’t have the time to visit a doctor at their clinic, try looking for a GP online. If you are experiencing more serious symptoms such as chest pain and shortness of breath, it is high time that you consult a doctor.
Avoiding stress is difficult but managing it is not. You just have to find time to relax and keep away from what stresses you. Avoid the people that bring you stress. If work stresses you out, take a leave. Have some personal time and you may just get back the same energy you had on your very first day. Laugh more often. Smile, and enjoy life!