How stress affects us
As we begin to become aware of how stress affects us, it simply cannot affect us in the same way anymore. Becoming aware of how stress affects us can help us become more conscious of when we’re stressed, can help us choose how to relieve or manage our stress, and can help us in choosing how to respond to a situation instead of reacting.
Stress affects different people in different ways
People can “carry” stress in different parts of their body
For example, some people carry it in their muscles, some people hold their breath, some people carry it in their chest, some people carry it in their throat, some people carry it in their stomach, some people carry it in their thoughts or their mental chatter and some people carry it in their facial expression.
People can react to and process stress in different ways
Some people “shut down” under stress, some people need to “talk it out”, some people react or lash out, some people would rather be alone, some would rather be with others, some people would rather be distracted from the stress by a funny movie, some would rather think it through or journal about it.
Stress can also can play a role in many health conditions and symptoms
This include but are not limited to psoriasis, headaches, overactive bladder, chronic pain, heart disease, diabetes, chronic pain, problems with digestion, asthma, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, heart rate and rhythm changes, anxiety, depression, and many other conditions.
There are many different stress management techniques and it’s important to find something that works well for you
Many times a counselor or healthcare professional can be helpful as well, in helping us learn how stress affects us, and how to manage it effectively.
How does stress affect you? What do your friends or family members notice about you when you are stressed?
Originally published in the Valley Naturopath clinic newsletter October 2013Related to: healthy living . personal growth . stress . stress management