How to Know When Stress Is Starting to Take A Toll on You and Steps to Addressing It

Every once in a while, we all get stressed out and it affects us physically, mentally, and emotionally. Stress can reveal itself in a number of ways.

These signs include:

  • Persistent headaches and migraine
  • Chronic muscle aches
  • Chest pain
  • Digestive imbalance (this spans from simple stomach discomfort to pronounced indigestion problems and diarrhea.
  • Behavioural changes like distraction and absent-mindedness. You can also become really irritable and take it out on those around you.
  • Heightened indulgence in cigarettes, alcohol, food, and sleep.

These signs are some of the evidences that point to the fact that you may be stressed. If you notice any of these signs, it might be pointing to the fact that you’re really stressed and you need to take active steps to address the problem at the roots.

But what are the things you can do to reallign yourself and return to a right mental state? 

Most of the time, it is a lot difficult to tweak the situations that cause you stress. You might work a nine to five and a leave might be the farthest thing from you. However, there are steps you can take to relax yourself and increase your tolerance of happenings around you.

These steps include:

Accept that you can’t change everything

One of the leading causes of stress is trying to be in control of everything. But guess what? You can’t. You have to learn to give yourself grace and do your best but not worry too much about how things will turn out in the end. Shift your focus to things you have power over and take it one step at a time. If you have too much on your plate, learn to prioritize. Trying to take care of  everything at once will only cause you to worry more and lead you deeper into stress. You don’t want that, do you?

Accept that you can’t control everything happening around you but you can control how you allow yourself to react to it.

Make Time for Yourself

Some of the possible causes of stress is not having enough time for yourself. Honestly, it’s hard and a bit frustrating when all you ever do is put in the hours for someone else. The worst part is that they might never fully appreciate the work you put into it. But regardless, you have to come to terms with it and learn to create time for yourself no matter how little that turns out to be.

Take a walk. See a movie on the weekend. Indulge in any helpful and beneficial activity that helps to take your mind off the cause of your stress.

Plan Ahead

Are you approaching a busy period of your life? Get a pen and a paper. Plan ahead!

Draft a Schedule. Make a to-do list. Do anything that you need to do to make things a lot easier when that busy time comes. Proper planning saves you from a lot of stress and guarantees that you don’t lose touch with control. This really does a lot to keep your stress levels down.

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