Ever struggled with not feeling quite right? Chances are stress has something to do with it. Tension headaches, irritability, lethargy, nervousness, the list of symptoms goes on. Read on to find out why this could be happening and what to do about it.
Are You Stressed?
Relaxation is the state of well being you experience when you stop creating tension. Stress is the body’s response to any change, whether pleasant or unpleasant.
The secret to managing stress is to move from negative stress which turns inward and causes problems, to positive stress which energises you and acts as a springboard for personal growth.
We have a series of indicators physical, mental, emotional and behavioural which show us if stress is present.
Look at the list below and if you are struggling with more than 3 you could have a problem with stress.
- Increased muscular tension
- Elevated pulse
- High blood pressure
- Cold hands and feet
- Changes in appetite
- Tension headaches, back pain, dark circles under eyes
- Inability to concentrate
- Decreased performance tendency to make mistakes
- Increased forgetfulness
- Excessive daydreaming
- Anxiety and depression
- Emotional outbursts crying
- Hostile behaviour
- Nervous laughter
- Sudden changes in work habits
- Insomnia and lethargy
- Avoiding work and commitments
- Compulsive behaviours shopping, cleaning etc.
What to Do?
An unbelievable 90% of all illnesses are stress related. The whole idea of it can make you feel more stressed and less in control of your life. So how can you begin to help yourself?
All the signs of stress can be reversed or reduced by learning to relax. You can take the first steps at home by looking at your life and making a conscious decision to learn to relax.
Ideas to Help You Learn To Relax
- Do something you enjoy hobbies etc
- Walk in nature
- Listen to calming music
- Spend time with your friends
- Take a regular yoga class to learn stress reducing breathing and relaxation exercises
Taking 10/ 20 minutes of relaxation can clear the negative effects of stress. There are 1,440 minutes in every day, so 10 minutes is a goal that can be achieved. Make time for yourself.
This post was written by Andrea Kwiatkowski, an Advanced Jivamukti certified teacher. She also teaches Yin yoga and Restorative yoga. Andrea is known for her deep philosophical message in her class, interweaving the teachings from the scriptures and making them practical for everyday living. She lives and teaches in Cambridge and runs retreats and workshops in the UK and abroad. Find out more about Andrea and her work at santoshayog.co.uk