Stress happens, and these past 18 months have been majorly stressful for many of us. And that is completely normal and okay, it is expected given the times we are currently in. BUT, living in stress is not a way of life we should hold on to. This blog will provide you with information on the signs and symptoms of stress and how to cope with it.
A couple words of advice: Always, always be patient and compassionate with yourself during times of stress. Show compassion towards others, and just be gentle with yourself.
Just a few signs & symptoms of stress:
- Trouble concentrating
- Sleep disturbance
- Lack of motivation
- Tired all the time
- Mood swings
- Irritable & short-temperment
- Feeling isolated
- Worry thoughts intruding
- Drop in sex drive or intimacy
- Finding conflicts more often in relationships
- Physical body aches & pains
When you catch yourself feeling self-critical or disappointed in your reactions I want you to remember the bigger picture. Remember that you do not have to go through this alone and that these feelings, thoughts, and reactions are normal for the circumstances you have been handed. Remind yourself that you are dealing with something that you were not prepared for and that in the big picture you’re doing a good job.
So, next time you find yourself being critical – either to yourself or others – take a step back, think about why you’re having this reaction, why your self-sabotaging. The bigger picture will tell you that you are under a state of stress.
What else can you do to cope with stress?
Get out and socialize
Make a commitment to visit a friend at least once a week for some social time. Whether that’s a coffee date or backyard bonfire. Find ways to connect with loved ones and friends.
Try a new hobby
Whether it is heading to a new yoga class, painting class, or caring for plants. Get your imagination going and tap into your creative side.
I hope this can help you!