Recognising you’re stressed

Transcript of the Feature Health Matters on Radio X  from 02 December 2013

I’m Tom Meyers, Stress Coach and welcome to episode 12 of Health Matters here on Radio X.

In Health Matters I take a closer look at the S word that has become one of the biggest challenges to our health and wellbeing STRESS

Over the last months I’ve shared with you what stress is, why it has become a nuisance and what you can do about it but lets look today at some of the signs when stress has got you in its grip.

Learning to recognise that your stress levels are out of control is probably one of the most important lessons you can learn to lessen it’s impact on your health and wellbeing.

So first lets look at some of the physical signs you might experience when your biology is in stress mode: Do you suffer from non trauma related neck, shoulder or back ache with which you just woke up one morning? Do you have chest pain, loss of sex drive, frequent colds or have any digestive problems?

On a cognitive level stress alarm signs are inexplicable memory problems and difficulties to concentrate. Are you seeing only the negative lately or feel your constantly anxious or worried without reason.

How is your emotional state? Are you moody, short tempered, feel overwhelmed or depressed?

Stress also changes your behaviour therefore you can observe the following: Do you eat more or do you eat less then normal. How is your sleep is it disturbed or do you even suffer from insomnia?  Are you as jovial as you’re normally or do you seek social isolation, do you procrastinate or have you been drinking more alcohol, smoke more cigarets or take medication to calm yourself?

Keep in mind that some of these symptoms can also have as a basis an underlying condition that needs proper medical attention. So please don’t forget to consult your doctor when needed.

Other questions to check if you are in the grip of stress and that you can ask yourself are:

Questions like:

  • Do I get upset more easily then normal?
  • When I get home can I relax or do I stay agitated?
  • When I sleep do I rest well or do I keep thinking about work or other obligations?
  • How long is that pain in the neck going on without getting better?
  • How do other people react towards me lately?
  • How do I feel? Am I coping or do I feel exhausted all the time.

Like a thief in the night stress can easily creep up to you without you realising it. You get very easily used to it. Pains and aches become part of life – to be in a rush all the time normal – and brushed off as that’s the way it  is and it will go away… but how often does it really go away? Before you know it it’s affecting your health and behaviour.

The more you know thyself the better you can spot the symptoms the better you will be able to cope and increase your quality of life.

Now we’ve covered the symptoms lest talk next week about some more stress busting tips.

I’m Tom Meyers Stress Coach for body and mind and contributor of thought to a more joyful and healthy way of living. Would you like to get in touch with me then visit the website tommeyers.be

Info http://www.helpguide.org/mental/stress_signs.htm

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