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How to recognise the less obvious signs of stress and how to get back on an even keel.

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Do you find yourself running around like a headless chicken most of the time? 

I know there are times when I do and when I look around at my friends and family, and when I talk with my clients, they all say the same things- not enough time in the day, not sleeping well, not enough time to eat properly…  and all terrified that if they stop, the whole world will collapse around them.

And the truth is, if we are running on empty, all it would take is a bad cold, an unexpected bill or a falling out with your partner, and it does feel like your world is falling apart.

When you hit overwhelm your mental, emotional and physical health are compromised.

So here are 3 less obvious signs to look out for, that if you ignore, will see your stress levels soar and drive you into overload.

  1. 1. You just can’t stop.  You’ve left work for the day and yet, you find yourself checking your emails, just one more time.  You’re eating your dinner whilst checking your Facebook status and scrolling through Instagram.
  1. 2. That cough or cold hangs around just a little too long, you wake in the morning, your jaw stiff where you’ve been grinding your teeth, or maybe you’re suffering from lots of aches and pains.
  1. 3. You can’t remember the last time you had a good night’s sleep.  You may have difficulty falling asleep.  Or you may fall asleep easily but at 3am you wake with your mind racing.

If you recognise any of these signs, then in my experience, it’s only a matter of time until your health, your work or even your relationships will suffer.

Over the next few weeks, I’ll be sharing with you some quick and easy strategies that will lower your stress levels, help you to replenish your energy and keep you out of overwhelm.

My first tip is all about managing your time and your energy.  I learnt this from Stephen Covey in his now classic book, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.  This strategy is great when your task list is ridiculously long and you never seem to be able to get to the end of it.

This tip will help you decide on what or where to focus your energy. 

Firstly, you brain dump everything you have to get done on your To-Do List.  Once you’ve written your list, you go back and decide which category each falls in to. Take a highlighter all mark all the things that ABSOLUTELY must be done that day.  Then, in another colour, you highlight all the things that would be GREAT to get done that day.  Then in a third colour, you highlight all the things that can wait and SEE HOW YOU FEEL.

This is a great first step to reduce your stress levels and manage your time and energy.

Kat x

PS: remember, if you need support in any area of your life or with stress and overwhelm, book in to see me at Cheshire Natural Health.

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