Sometimes no matter what we do to try and reduce stress in our lives we can’t seem to do it. If you’ve tried and tried but not achieve success in this area maybe it’s time to get some help with it. You don’t have to cope with stress on your own. Consider how this uncontrollable stress affects you physically.
Too much stress can cause physical conditions that can affect not only our physical body but our mental health as well. Just look at a few of the health issues that can arise from stress: weight – either an increase or a decrease in weight, hair loss, headaches or migraines, stomach pains, ulcers and even depression and other such disorders. Now, I’m not saying if you have any of those issues it’s stress that is causing it, as there are other conditions in which these can be signs of and you should be sure they aren’t cause by another reason but if you’ve been rather healthy before you noticed these situations it is a possibility stress is causing them.
Stop and take a good long look at your life. Are the pressures at work making their way into your home life? With so many in fear of job cuts, is the possibility of your company downsizing adding additional stress? When stress levels from work spill into your home life the smallest of issues can really get blown out of proportion and soon you’ll be making mountains out of mole hills and raising the stress levels for every family member.
On the other hand, perhaps it’s your home life or marriage that is cause you stress and causing your work performance to suffer, thus causing more stress. It’s one big domino effect. No matter where the over abundant stress level are coming from, not being able to cope and deal with them in a healthy manner can lead to devastating and life changing consequences.
Just as you’d visit your physician for say a cold or flu you should do the same for stress. Share with your physician just what’s going on with you physically and emotionally, how intense these symptoms are and when they began. Provide as much detail as possible to assist your physician in making a correct diagnosis. Don’t refrain from providing as much information as is possible from your doctor due to embarrassment. Without all the information how will he be able to help you out the best he can?
Stress builds up without an outlet. Do you have someone you can confide in and talk to? If not, you may want to consider seeking out a professional counselor to help you release those stresses that are building up. Check with your human resource department at work and see what type of confidential counseling services your place of business offers. There are so many options for help: marriage counseling, group counseling, private counseling, etc.
Asking for help is hard for us moms as we think we are invincible but we aren’t and sometimes we just need a friend to talk to so share your stresses and maybe even make her your workout partner, just take the time to talk and listen when you or your friend need it. Take the time to make yourself better for you and your family. Here’s a free ebook that offers some tips on how you can reduce stress in your life right now (don’t worry it’s a quick read): http://www.amomblog.com/sanity-satisfaction.pdf