With so many things going on all of the time, it is no wonder that we are stressed! A few things that can cause stress are: money situations, family life, overload of activities, career, family, relationships, etc. But how do you know when you are really stressed out! Here are are few symptoms of stress:
- Memory Issues
- Negative Attitude
- Aches & Pains
- Eating Less or Eating More
- Weakened Immune System (always getting sick)
- Overwhelmed Feeling
- Stomach Issues such as Diarrhea, Nausea, Vomiting, etc.
- Sleep Issues (Getting Too Much or Too Little)
When it comes to stress, it’s okay to slam on the breaks and SLOW DOWN! When we are feeling overwhelmed, take a step back. Look at the whole situation and figure out a solution, whether it is delegating a task to a co-worker or family member or even something as simple as going out to eat rather than cooking at home. There will always be stressful things in our lives, that’s just part of living. How we handle those things is how we are able to control the amount of stress in our lives and how it interferes with us being us! Anytime I start to get extremely stressed and I can feel that anxiety building, the stomach ache slowly getting worse, I take a step back and practice The Three – 5’s. This is related to breathing. What it means is to take a deep breath in while counting to 5, then exhale counting to 5. Do this 5 times. See that – breathe in for 5, breathe out for 5, for a total of 5 times: The Three – 5’s! It helps me escape my mini-meltdown in a positive way. After the first set I can start to feel the stomach ache go away, the anxiety slipping out of brain, and I can refocus my attention to the issue in a positive manner. This can be helpful when it comes to driving in traffic, parenting, co-workers, or relationships.
During the next week, try The Three – 5′s approach and let me know how it goes in the comments below!