Are You Overstressed?

Stress in general refers to our reaction to stimuli in our lives. When stress levels are high they elicit the “fight or flight” response. The body prepares to go to battle if it has to. Adrenaline is released into the bloodstream. Muscles tense to prepare to stay and fight or run. Pupils dilate to take in the entire surroundings.

When we learn to handle stress, this response is not exhibited all the time. The body only reverts back to this instinctual path during times of real danger. On the other hand, when stress is out of control, you may experience this heightened state more often than you need to.

How do you know if you are overstressed?

These levels of stress take their toll on the body. You may begin to notice these signs and symptoms:

* Dizziness
* Sleeplessness
* Difficulty concentrating
* Fatigue
* Irritability
* Loss of appetite
* Decreased sex drive

Fighting Back

You can combat these symptoms with a few easy tips. They are designed to help you deal with stressors in your life and change their effect on you for good.

* Make a plan – Many times, stress occurs because we don’t take the time to add order to our lives. If you are always in traffic in the morning, it might be because you are running late. Work on getting to bed earlier so you can rise on time and avoid the traffic.

* Take time for yourself – Even the busiest person needs a timeout. If your evenings are booked, decide to get up early in the morning to spend a peaceful thirty minutes alone. Use that time to read, meditate, listen to music or something entirely different. The purpose is to calm the mind and the body.

* Visualization – This technique helps because you actively see yourself overcoming the stressors in your life. Go through the motions of how you would deal with the stress and then actually do it.

* Exercise – A stress-relieving exercise is yoga. Yoga combines stretches that help to tone muscles and also promote relaxation. The mind-body connection is cultivated.