We all know the word stress and most of us know when we are being stressed, but do you know the symptoms that show you are over stressed?
If you do, and can spot them early and there are some exercises and techniques explained below that can let you beat them before you need medication.
The Stress Symptoms
Almost always when you are being stressed, you will notice a tightening of your muscles, usually in the hands and arms, sometimes the legs and feet.
Your blood pressure will rise, and your skin temperature will as well. These are normal responses from your natural “fight or flight” reflex.
If you are a bit observant and watch yourself carefully, you can identify these stress responses by your body.
Short-Term Stress is Good. Long-Term Stress is Deadly
If the above stress responses occur because you are in some sort of danger, and you have to protect yourself (by fighting or fleeing), then the stress is good. However they must be controlled.
A good example is being in a long line at the airport, with a nasty airline employee greeting you after your turn finally comes. The employee can stress you to very high limits, and you need all your self-control.
You will see your stress symptoms appearing.
Your quick reaction is needed. You must assert yourself, and get the employee to do their job, and quickly, and politely.
Your fighting will be by mental means, and verbal delivery. This short-term stress was a good thing.
Your body’s reactions were healthy for you, and all your natural anti-oxidants raced throughout your body to clear up any free radicals that were present.
However, if you suffer the above symptoms from an aggressive boss or co-worker at work on a daily basis, you are heading for real trouble.
Daily stress will:
o Weaken your immune system.
o Cause various organs to malfunction or fail.
o Produce undesired chemicals (hormones and enzymes) in your system.
Eventually you will become ill if you subject yourself to a daily stress that has the ability to produce stressor-reactions.
De-Stress! And Beat Stress
If you understand that your stress is becoming chronic, you must begin to de-stress at the sign of the first symptoms.
It’s easy; anyone can do it, anywhere. Follow these steps exactly, you will de-stress at once.
o Initial deep breathing. Stop a moment, whatever you are doing, and take three deep and profound breaths. Close your eyes and visualize the air racing into your lungs with healing energy, and racing out of your lungs with stress-filled spent energy.
o Withdraw! Wherever you are, there will be a restroom. Go there at once. Wash your face and especially your wrists with cold water. Feel the cold water bringing you balance (from the overheating the stress causes). Your skin temperature will actually drop! While you are alone, deep breathe as in the next step
o Take three more deep breathes, but this time, double the inhalation response and the exhalation response. This is done by taking a double breathe, one short, followed by a longer breath. The exhalation is the same, double. At the end of three deep double breathes, you will be back to normal.
o The last step is to wait. Feeling calmer, sit down (a toilet is an ideal place) and wait about 3 minutes. Feel yourself getting back to normal.
You are ready to face the world again, de-stressed. Remember, do these exercises each time you feel a prolonged stress, as the short stress is good for you, but long term stress is a killer. Look after yourself!