What is stress?

Stress is something that upsets the balance in your body. You probably live with more stress in your life than you even realize. You may even think it is normal to have as much stress on a daily basis as you do. What are signs of stress?

There is good stress and bad stress.  Happy events can be stressful like falling in love and getting married.

Stress can be helpful for you when there is an emergency and your life is in danger.  Your body goes into the stress mode and does what it can to keep you safe.  Your body was not designed to live under stressful conditions from day to day.

So, what are signs of stress?

We all deal with stress in different ways.  Stress can affect you on different levels in your body such as physically, emotionally, psychologically, socially, etc.  As if there is not enough stress when you are approaching menopause, you need to be aware of the stress in your life.

It can be reasons as family challenges, nasty neighbors, other drivers on the road or people at work.  There are all kinds of reasons you may have stress.  Even your belief systems can be causing you stress.

Do You Know Signs Of Stress?

These are a few examples of how stress can show up in your life.  

  • Do you find yourself lashing out at your loved ones and don’t know why?
  • Are you having challenges getting to sleep at night?
  • Do you feel withdrawn or depressed?
  • Are you eating too much, more than usual or specifically a different kind of food like more comfort food?
  • Do you get headaches consistently?
  • Do you have a rash on your body that won’t go away?
  • Do you cry a lot?

Stress can affect your moods, your physical body and the way you treat yourself and others.  If you ignore the signs of stress and it is not dealt with, it can have serious affects on your health by leading to obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease. 

Everyone has stress but it is how you deal or cope with the stress that really matters.  Your body was not designed to live under stressful conditions from day to day.  If you lose your health, what do you have?

 How does the body react to the stress response?

Stress can be helpful for you when there is an emergency and your life is in danger.  Your  body goes into the stress mode and does what it can to keep you safe.  Your body was not designed to live under stressful conditions from day to day, only for emergency situations.

The response is the body’s way of protecting you. When your body thinks there is a threat or that you are in danger, it releases the stress hormones of cortisol and adrenaline to counteract the affect.  It happens no matter what. You could be imagining a stressful situation or it could really be happening to you, your body does not know the difference.

 

 Here is how stress is supposed to work in your body:

Your body perceives a threat.  The stress hormones are activated which causes the heart to pump harder, it beats faster and more oxygen is sent to the most important muscles and organs. This allows you to fight o to get away (run) from the situation.

After the threat is over, everything in your body is supposed to return to “normal.”   The heart slows down, going back to a normal heartbeat and the stress hormones in the body will go back to their “normal” levels (they will decrease.)

Being able to recognize too much stress is the key to dealing with it and making changes in your life to a better lifestyle.

 Here are some suggestions to think about to help relieve your stress:

  • Learn to care more for yourself.  It is wonderful to be of service to others but say no if it causes you to over-extend yourself.  You can’t please everyone and should be happy with your decisions about how you spend your precious time.
  • Learn to Breathe. when you feel tense, take 10 slow, deep breaths in through your nose and out through your mouth. 
  • Forgive yourself and others. Life is too short to hold grudges and it only hurts your health.  There are books written to help you go through this process.
  • Spend an hour or a few hours alone doing something you enjoy or something that brings you joy. If that sounds foreign to you, write it on a calendar and start with whatever you feel you can and build on that.  You deserve some time to yourself as needed to stay healthy.
  • Spend time with your pet.  They are good listeners and have no agenda.  They just want to be loved by you.  Start doing this on a regular basis.  Animals help lower blood pressure, etc.
  • Exercise – go for a walk.  Do stretching, get your body moving.  It keeps you feeling better  mentally, physically, feeling calmer, and more in control of your life.
  • Sit quietly for 10 – 20 minutes.  Concentrate on your breathing as described above.  As you think of your problems, see them rolling into a ball.  Visualize your problems all rolling into one ball.  Send them all to the ball.  Then see the ball going up into the sky and out into the universe.  Bless it and let it go.  Turn it over to God or whatever you call your source. 

Hopefully, these tips will help you with the stress in your life.  Do you know signs of stress now? 

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Sheri Goddard, co-founder of MenopauseCoach.com

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