Stress isn’t always bad it’s your body’s way of responding to any kind of demand or threat to protect you. For example, at work stress help you stay focus, work faster, meet deadlines and stay alert.
In an emergency situation stress can make you think and react quickly or give you extra strength to defend yourself.
The most dangerous thing about stress
The most dangerous thing about stress is how it can easily affect you without knowing because it feels normal. How many times have you heard someone said my job is stressful but I’m use to it, or my partner nags all the time but I’m use to it?
It becomes normal because it happens regularly. What people don’t realise is the impact it’s having on them for example, smoking every day to calm your nerves or drinking alcohol after work to relax; eating unhealthy because you feel tired after work to cook a healthy meal and even getting easily annoy because you had a stressful day.
It’s important to be aware of the warning signs and symptoms of stress.
1. Physical symptoms
- Headaches or dizziness
- Muscle tension or pain
- Stomach problems
- Chest pain or a faster heartbeat
- Sexual problems
2. Mental symptoms
- Difficulty concentrating
- Struggling to make decisions
- Feeling overwhelmed
- Constantly worrying
- Being forgetful
3. Changes in behaviour
- Being irritable and snappy
- Sleeping too much or too little
- Eating too much or too little
- Avoiding certain places or people
- Drinking or smoking more
How to deal with stress
- Think positively focus on solutions not problems, otherwise you’ll always be stuck in a negative stressful mindset
- Exercise- physical activities can help you relax such as walking, running, weight lifting etc
- Try to make changes don’t just look at things your way. It isn’t always easy but it’s sometimes for the best
- Find some me time do things you enjoy
- Set goals and challenges. It will help you build confidence and feel good
- Avoid drinking alcohol, eating unhealthy food, taking drugs or smoking as a way to relax
- Work smarter in life not harder
- Try talking about your feelings to a friend, family member, health professional or counsellor
- You may need to take time off work to focus on you