The Australian Psychological Society defines stress as a “feeling of being overloaded, wound up, tight, tense and worried. We all experience stress at times. It can sometimes help to motivate us to get a task finished, or perform well. But stress can also be harmful if we become over-stressed, interfering with our ability to get on with our normal life for too long.”
Whilst you may have a great picture or catalogue of ideas of your dreamy self-care activities, are you actually doing them?
It’s great to have the awareness and idea’s how to look after yourself in a positive way, however all means nothing if you aren’t putting into practice!
Under extended periods or chronic stress, our need for self-care is required to restore balance to a frazzled nervous system.
If you are experiencing any of the following, it’s time to love yourself to healing.
· Anxiety, Brain fog, memory problems, racing mind
· Tiredness, weakness, lethargy, shakiness
· Muscle loss and weight gain, particularly around stomach – this is where stress shows up!
· Weakened immunity- Inability to heal, illness, cold sores
· Digestive issues, indigestion, diarrhea or constipation.
· Cholesterol issues, high blood pressure
· Poor sleep – finding it hard to get up in the morning even after 8+ hours sleep, or inability to get to sleep
· Cravings for salty or sweet foods or stimulants- i.e. coffee, alcohol
· Emotionally reactive, anger, frustration, depression or feelings of despair
Chronic and repeated exposure to stress can create compounding issues. Each time you are exposed to a new stressor it’s as if a trigger has been pulled, releasing hormones that trigger a cascade of issues. Unfortunately, it takes less and less each time for the “trigger” to be released.
Looking after yourself and ensuring that there is time allocated to stop, check in with yourself will ensure that you don’t experience complete burn out, and put you on the path to healing naturally.
Learning to handle stress, recognising and changing the behaviours that contribute to stress in healthy ways is important to restore body and mind.