Stress is something that has affected me a lot - and I always no one understood my stress - I wasn't a worry wort or an anxious person - there was stuff happening that was really stressful (not going into it but it involved my teenage daughter, abusive boyfriend, drugs & homelessness... then there was other stuff). So suggestions like take a bath or light some candles or say a prayer (really?) did not help me.
Stress is a physical response to anxiety and if you are unable to alter the cause of the anxiety (like being caused by other people or situation that are totally out of your control) you have to minimise the physical responses so they don't make you ill.
The other thing about stress is that it is different for every person - so you have ot try a lot of things to find what works for you?
Obvsiously, any stress that is causing severe physical responses (chest pains, dreadful headaches, dizziness, shortness of breath...etc) should be mentioned to a doctor.
There are lots of relaxation techniques out there - meditation, deep breathing etc which are very good. Relaxation is very important because it gives your mind and body a break from all the stress. Having some time out from stess enables you to regain some strength so that the next day is less wearing on the mind and body - although the cause of the stress is not relieved.
Talking about it. Talking with someone - counsellor, friend or via blogging - getting it off your chest helps. Keeps things bottled in - thinking that no one is interested or I should be more positive and not whine, and any sort of 'faking it' is not helpful, in fact it is down right harmful. Because under those messages is a subconscious saying no one else cares so shut up. You are entitled to have a vent, a moan, a whine. As long as you don't get trapped by the drama of it all and start to enjoy it - or only talk to people when you are down - those are not healthy.
So - what do you do to relax - what hobbies keep you sane! How do you cope with stessful periods in your life??
| Pounds lost: 0.0