In today’s world everyone has probably felt “stressed” at one point of time or another. Being stressed has almost become a mantra, a badge of honor that means I work hard, I play hard, everyone needs me. And certainly, it must be said that feeling stressed serves a purpose. It helps us to get out of bed and off to work in the morning, to accomplish tasks and to achieve goals. This is good stress. However, when we start to feel nothing but stress because of the demands on our time and energy, we are experiencing Chronic Stress – and this is not good.
Chronic Stress often leads to more serious disease and that often happens because we pay no attention to the signs and symptoms of Chronic Stress. If this was our car that we were talking about and the Check Engine light came on along with other lights indicating that our tire pressure was low or we were about to run out of gas, we would pay attention.
Here are some of the Check Engine Lights that we should be paying attention to:
- A sluggish Digestive system leaving us Gassy and Bloated, Nauseous and with Diarrhea or Constipation
- Frequent Colds
- Muscle Pain and Tension
- Unwanted Weight Gain – particularly that ring of fat around the mid-section.
Self-Care is the answer to reverse the damage that Chronic Stress causes. For one thing, Self-Care practices stimulate the body’s production of Serotonin, the feel-good, calming hormone that also regulates moods.
- Engage in Gentle Exercise. A stressed body does not need intense workouts at this time. Try gentle yoga, walking, swimming. Exercise is helpful as it moves stagnant energy; stirs circulation of both blood and lymph fluids; and promotes a good night’s sleep.
- Massage! Such a great way to find some relief from stress. Far too many people think of massage as a “treat” when it should really be part of everyone’s wellness program. Massage relaxes the nervous system – did you know that there are 1,000 sensory neurons per square centimeter of skin! – so how could massage not be helpful! It is also said that massage helps the body to release toxins stored in tissue.
- Eat Well. Eat fresh foods found in season at your farmer’s market. Avoid excess coffee, alcohol and preserved foods. Favor easily digestible foods to help your system relax so avoid raw and spicy foods.
- Stay Hydrated – with Water!! The body absorbs water better than other liquids.
So pay attention to those Check Engine Lights so you do not get stranded on the side of the road!
Please Note – I regularly consult with clients suffering from stress induced dis-ease and would love to help you, too! I am also available to provide Stress Reduction workshops at area businesses.