Stress shows itself in many different ways, but can sometimes go unnoticed. How do you know if you are stressed?
- Chronically irritable or angry
- Always feeling tired
- Feeling nervous or anxious
- Headaches and muscle tension
- Feeling depressed or sad
- Upset stomach or indigestion
- Teeth grinding or jaw clenching
- Change in sex drive
- Change in menstrual cycle
- Erectile dysfunction
While I'm sure it is easy to see how outside factors influence your stress levels, it may not be quite as clear how we may perpetuate stress in our own lives. I would like to visit a few ways in which we cause the drama that keeps us so stressed out.
Stress is an issue that affects us all very profoundly. It even trickles into our relationships and onto our children. Stress is nationally becoming more prevalent and traumatic. At the end of the day, it is all about knowing yourself. Knowing your triggers and cues. Understanding what stress is on a psychological and physiological level and how it affects you. A lot of times, we are the ones causing the stress in our own lives. You can blame your stress on others, or even situations, but most likely, if you are not the cause of the problem, you are totally the one making it worse than it has to be. Before finding fault on other factors, evaluate yourself. After all, it is all in the mind. Refocus your attention, change your perspective, and learn to master your stress levels.