April is stress awareness month. Did you know that? Until recently I did not, but I think it is AWESOME that stress awareness has it’s own month…..it should have it’s own year! Because the first step of dealing with stress is actually being aware that you are stressed – haha! I know how funny that sounds. I really do, but honestly so many of us live in a constant state of some degree of stress that often it is hard to identify.
Step One: Be Aware that you are Stressed!
Common ways that stress can manifest itself:
- Binge eating or lack of appetite
- Insomnia or sleeping all the time
- An increase in bad habits such as drinking or smoking
- Becoming a crabby snap-o-potomus that lashes out irrationally (this unfortunately is my stress indicator…..)
These are only some of the many ways and as you can see they may be drastically different for different people. You have to know you, or get to know you. Self discovery is a good thing!
Chronic stress causes many issues that you cannot “see” or may not attribute to stress. WebMD lists them as:
- Cardiovascular disease, including heart disease, high blood pressure, abnormal heart rhythms, heart attacks, and stroke
- Obesity and other eating disorders
- Skin and hair problems, such as acne, psoriasis, and eczema, and permanent hair loss
- Gastrointestinal problems, such as GERD, gastritis, ulcerative colitis, and irritable colon
Once you become self aware of the fact that you are stressed and hopefully took it a step further to determine the source of that stress, the next step is to do something about it!
Step Two: Do Something about It!!
My favorite ways to deal with stress:
- Talk about it! Often you are too close to the situation to be thinking objectively. Talk to someone you trust and often they can shed a light on a new perspective.
- Form a plan of action. I like to break the big picture down into smaller consumable pieces that I can actually accomplish. This usually includes a list of some sort (because I am a sucker for lists!)
- Take a small break to do something that I inherently associate with relaxing. Some of my favorites include: enjoying a cup of tea by the fireplace, taking a hot bath, practicing yoga.
- Use essential oils. There are so many essential oils available that are excellent at reducing stress. I don’t claim to be an expert at how they work but I can tell you from experience that they do. Some of my favorites: Valor, White Angelica, Harmony, Joy, and Grounding. Want to learn more about essential oils? Check out this post about essential oils.
Alright, so that was just two easy steps to a less stressful you. You can do it, I know you can! I would love to hear the ways that you deal with stress:)
Be well and stress free! If you like this topic and want to learn more, go over to my facebook page You. Just Healthier and “Like” it. I will be doing more posts about stress this month 🙂