It can be hard to think positive or accept saying’s like; ‘The sun is alway’s shining behind the clouds.’ When you are experiencing a stressful period in your life, most things can be a source of irritation, frustration and pain, and you may find yourself lost in your thoughts.
When your thoughts and feeling’s are clouded with stress.
Stress can motivate you or de-motivate you. Too much stress can cause medical and social problems.
The body responds to stress physically. Stress causes the body to react, it chemically changes, prepares to either confront the challenge or flee from it.
Your body releases adrenaline (the stress hormone), the heart rate increases, breathing quickens and blood pressures rises. The liver increases output of sugar and blood flow is diverted to the brain and large muscles. Symptoms of stress may include, feeling anxious, scared, irritable or moody.
Stress affects our thoughts.
Thoughts of low self-esteem, fear of failure, inability to concentrate, worrying about the future, preoccupation with thoughts/tasks and forgetfulness can be present.
Stress affects behaviour. It can cause stuttering and other speech difficulties, you could even experience bouts of crying for no apparent reason, and also laughing in a high pitch or nervous tone of voice. You may be more prone to accidents, overeating, under eating and increased use of drugs and alcohol.
According to the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, 80% of health care is spent on stress related disorders such as –
Hypertension, Migraine, Headaches, Ulcers, Anxiety, Allergies, Asthma, Cancer and Cardiovascular disease.
Constant chronic stress can also suppress the immune system making the body more susceptible to illness, disease and even the common cold and flu.
Major changes in your life are the greatest contributors of stress in the majority of people.
The top ten stressors in life are:
-Death of a spouse
-Death of a Close Family Member
-Personal Injury or Illness
-Loss of Job
The first step to recovering your life, is acknowledging where you are and how you are feeling right now.
Check out our next blog with hints and tips on how to overcome Stress for a more balanced life.