Think of all the things you do in a day. Perhaps feeling tired, irritable, or nauseous can be stress related. Too much stress without some relief can cause some serious health issues for you now and later in life. Heart disease and high blood pressure can be a result of being stressed-out. In you already have been diagnosed with diabetes, stress can worsen it. Those headaches that you may often get, can be related to stressful situations. How about that depression and/or anxiety you sometimes or often times feel? Don’t be surprised that chronic stress is also related to more frequent episodes of depression and anxiety.
I mentioned nausea earlier. Stress can make ulcers worse, cause heartburn, and even irritable bowel syndrome. Other culprits of too much stress in your life worsen asthma and Alzheimer’s, interrupt sleep, accelerate aging and even cause premature death.
So, now that you have realized that you have some of these symptoms, what do you do about it? Here are some ways you can fight back. Try breathing deeply, as just a few minutes can calm you. You don’t need any special equipment or location for this. You can do this while at work, while driving, cooking, or anytime you start to feel stress taking over.
Focus on the present. Don’t get too anxious about what you are going to next or feel guilty about something you may have forgotten to do. Take some “me” time and perhaps a walk, a stretch, or healthy snack break will bring your focus away from stressful things occurring.
I have found that when I am in traffic, I try use the time as an opportunity to catch up on the news, listen to some soothing music, or listen to an audio book. It takes my mind off of the traffic and really does lessen the stress.
Once you begin making some of these changes in your life, look ahead to some bigger changes that can become a new way of life for you. Start a regular exercise routine, as studies show that this can elevate your moods and give you more energy. Learn some techniques such as yoga or meditation which will relax you. Not only will you will your mood improve, but the long-term health benefits can be quite significant.