We all have at times considered ourselves “to be stressed” however a certain amount can be considered as healthy. Its learning to recognise when normal stress levels are pushing boundaries within your own body.
We may feel a bit run down, overwhelmed and unable to manage situations, all of which can be triggered due to work issues, personal relationships, financial issues and even children. Quite often we “cope” and put up with minor ailments such as coughs, colds, headaches, feeling tired and lethargic with lack of motivation and enthusiasm. These can in turn develop into other clinical symptoms such as high blood pressure, chest pains, indigestion problems, panic attacks and insomnia. Stress can not only wreck our relationships and personal life, but can manifest and even lead to suicidal thoughts.
We dont always realise we are stressed when dealing with the day to day routine of our daily lives. It can often be our family and friends that see it first, for example when you are looking tired, weight loss/gain, working long hours, over reacting to situations, getting angry or physically aggressive with those closest to you, increasing your alcohol and junk food intake.
Simple steps can really help to both prevent and reduce your stress levels such as:
- A healthier lifestyle including regular exercise, balanced diet and quality family time works wonders
- Be selfish and give yourself permission for “me time” this could be anything that you both feel relaxes and revitalises you, for example reading a book, going for walk, meditation, mindfulness, a long soak in the bath or having a massage
- Try listening to your body and understanding whats causing the stress, then managing this in bite size chunks dealing with one issue at a time
- Consider talking to friends and family or even a counsellor
If you recognise any signs or symptoms of stress in those closest to you or your friends, family or work colleagues, take time out with them and offer your support.
You can always contact us here at Serenity Station and we will signpost you to the most appropriate place for support, guidance and confidential help.