Stress as a set of emotional and physical reactions that arise in response to certain events is biologically designed as our savior. But with today’s modern way of life, separation from nature, juggling multiple roles, responsibilities and expectations, as well as the hustle and bustle to which we are constantly exposed, it loses its function of saving our life and slowly destroys it. Chronic stress can significantly affect our physical health, mental well-being and overall quality of life. It is crucial to recognize the signs that stress is controlling your life so that you can take steps to manage it effectively.
5 warning signs that stress is controlling your life
- Changes in the menstrual cycle: When you understand the female cycle and the way hormones work, it becomes clear that stress can really lead to hormonal imbalances and changes in the menstrual cycle. Irregular cycle, changes in bleeding, intense PMS or missed periods are symptoms that make it worth investigating the effect of stress and how you deal with it.
- Increased irritability and frequent mood swings: Do you experience outbursts of anger, regularly lash out at loved ones, get easily upset or experience drastic mood swings for seemingly insignificant reasons? It’s time to explore techniques and tools that could help you manage stress.
- Fatigue and sleep disorders: The chronic stress we live with can lead to mental, emotional and physical exhaustion. Constant fatigue and difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep indicate possible functioning at high levels of stress.
- Symptoms in the body: Stress prepares the body for fight, stiffness or flight, but if the reaction does not happen, and the activation lasts too long, the body remains “stuck” and the so-called chronic stress that manifests itself in various physical symptoms such as headaches, muscle tension, back pain, painful joints, stomach problems, chest pain, etc. Physical symptoms are messages from the body asking for your support, and if you receive them regularly, it may be time to answer them with love.
- Relationship with food: A relationship with food that does not seem nourishing and supportive can indicate long-term exposure to stress, as can any sudden changes in the relationship with food such as overeating and loss of appetite.
If you recognize any of these signs, it is very important not to ignore them but to look for ways to work with them. Start by acknowledging your condition and your feelings and try to identify the sources of your stress. Incorporate stress-reducing activities into your daily routine, such as meditation, spontaneous movement, yoga, mindfulness, or nature walks.
Don’t hesitate to seek professional help if you find it difficult to manage stress. A therapist, mentor, or counselor can provide you with valuable tools and techniques to better manage stress and improve your overall well-being. Remember, we are not here to just survive, but to really live the fullness and beauty of life through growth and progress.
With a proactive approach, we can better manage stress and ultimately live more contented, healthier and happier lives. Understanding these signs is the first step towards taking back control and finding your way to a more balanced and peaceful life.