Some signs of stress – How do I know I am stressed?
Stress depletes the nervous system and may manifest in the following self- observable signs:
- general irritability, hyperexcitation or depression
- pounding of the heart, an indicator of high blood pressure
- dryness of the throat and mouth
- overpowering urge to cry or run and hide
- inability to concentrate
- feelings of unreality, weakness or dizziness
- tendency to become fatigued
- free-floating (non-specific) anxiety (afraid although you do not know exactly what you are afraid of)
- emotional tension and alertness (feeling of being ‘keyed up’)
- accident proneness
- trembling, nervous ticks
- grinding of the teeth
- insomnia, sleep disturbances and nightmares
- frequent need to urinate
- diarrhoea, indigestion, queasiness in the stomach and sometimes even vomiting
- migraine headaches
- loss of or excessive appetite
- increased use of prescribed, over the counter or other drugs including alcohol and cigarettes –
Seyle H. (1978). The Stress of Life (Revised edition) USA:McGraw-Hill Book Co
When stress becomes prolonged or habitual, the effects of the ongoing response can be a real threat to the body’s proper functioning.
Stress reduction involves exercise, regular sleep, relaxation techniques such as meditation and self hypnosis, listening to music, talking to friends, hot baths, massages, yoga and if you need to, talk to a professional. Qi Gong, Tai Chi, breathing classes, meditation and yoga can all assist the parasympathetic nervous system (the part of the nervous system), which helps you to relax and unwind.
Emotional freedom technique (EFT) is an emotional healing technique. It is also known as Be set free fast (BSFF) and involves a sequence of tapping points on the body to help release sadness, resentment, fear, anger, emotional trauma and self-blame