The scariest thing about stress is that it is so easy to get used to its symptoms and overlooking it as a cause. Then one may end up spending too much money, time and energy on treating symptoms of stress; leaving the main source untouched.
Now, the symptoms I’m going to outline below may apply to several other conditions (this is not to say that stress is a mental condition). However, you know yourself best. Only YOU can identify if what you are going through is due to increased levels of stress. Having said that, let me outline common symptoms of stress:
- Stress lowers immunity: with that being said, you may be experiencing more frequent or prolonged colds or flus.
- Lower ability to think straight: In order explain why this is the case, I will have to take you back to the origins of stress. Humans stress to save themselves when faced with dangerous situations. When feeling stressed, it is a sign that your body is going into a flight-or-fight mode. Thus, when you are feeling stressed out, you body is too focused on choosing between fighting or flying that you can’t think straight.
- Sleep problems
- Lower sex desire
If you notice changes in any of the above, it may be helpful to take a minute to think over what it causing you stress and if there is anything you can do to change it.
In the next blog post, I will talk you through practical tips to reduce stress. Till then, remember to take whatever chance that comes your way to PICK YOURSELF UP.