Where does stress come from?
Stress can occur from a variety of sources; work, relationships, finances, family, trauma…Life.
It has been in my life from my career more than anything, I worked for the Ambulance service working shift work dealing with life and death – that was pretty stressful.
Personal issues with stress
However, I only did that role for a short time I have spent the majority of my career in sales and that in fact, has had an identical impact on my health, despite easier working conditions and a higher reward financially. I reached for comfort foods (chocolate/bacon sandwich)and sugary drinks (I hate fizzy drinks but I suddenly started drinking Fanta!?) just to keep me going when things were getting tough. At the time, I didn’t even realize that I was doing it!
Impact of stress
Stress impacts our body in the same way whatever the instigating factor. Fight or Flight mode. Any kind of threat, real or created by our own imagination.
It’s so so SO important to take the time to learn what your body needs to combat this inevitable evil before you get to a place that finds you very sick.
Your body is always communicating with you
Your body is always communicating with you, perhaps you’re tired from a long week and you can feel drained with lethargy. Instead of going home to rest you head out for Friday drinks to wind down from the stresses of the week…
I’ve been there, I’ve been there a lot actually! I’ve often done the Friday wine fix, throughout my career. I’ve had some fun times don’t get me wrong, but I urge you to invest in the education of your own body and how stress impacts you before finding yourself in the stress cycle.
And guess what!? When you are at optimum health you are ok to go for a few bevies and it’s not going to floor you for 2 weeks after… Because your engine is running on its high-performance mode!
We have all been there
(You will probably still need to reach for your Powerade in the morning, even in high-performance mode!)
If you get the flu, your body probably tried to tell you beforehand that it was feeling run down (cue Friday drinks). If you get a migraine, your body probably tried to tell you it was thirsty but you were tired and reached for a coffee to keep going. Your body is ALWAYS talking to you, if you can learn how to listen, you will find yourself healthier, happier and more productive!
Learn to combat stress
The point is, stress happens, it does, but you can learn to take the steps to minimize the impact stress has on your body, learn to give your body the fuel it needs before it gets to the stage that it needs a totally new engine! I speak from a place of experience, as I have invested, tried all types of tactics and reached for quick fixes, expensive memberships and products, I found that it’s the small commitments to yourself that you do every day, that nurture strength of spirit, body, and mind that enables you to handle, combat and minimize stress.
Recognizing the symptoms:
Irritability – You can find yourself taking things out on the people closest to you when you wouldn’t normally. Which causes more issues which then = More stress!
Broken sleep or difficulties getting to sleep– Your mind is racing with thoughts of the days or things you know you are going to need to get done the following day. Tired = More stress!
Pain – The shoulders are often a telling sign, quite literally ‘carrying the weight of the world on your shoulders’ however it can present itself anywhere within your body. Pain = dealing with whatever was making you stressed MORE stressful
Digestive issues– Stress can pop up as painful stomach cramps or bloating, as well as problematic bathroom visits! This is sometimes a sign you are struggling to ‘digest’ things that you are dealing with or taking on – The body is smart and will bring this information to you to try to warn you!
Memory and mental clarity – We have tens of thousands of thoughts per day, we are estimated to have anywhere between 35-48 thoughts per MINUTE! Stress can make it incredibly difficult for us to concentrate and bring the most important thoughts to the forefront of our minds. Forgetting things and struggling to perform the task at hand = MORE STRESS
TRY MY 7-DAY WELLNESS CHALLENGE
To get a handle on stress and learn how to implement the changes necessary to help manage prevent and eventually eliminate the impact it has on you altogether!