I have been so stressed the past few weeks. I can’t pinpoint exactly what’s been causing these feelings, it’s just been little things getting on top of me. I’m really irritable and dare I say aggressive with how I express myself. I annoy myself when I’m like this never mind how annoying I must be to the people around me. I literally hate feeling like that and I’ve been finding it incredibly difficult to just relax, I just feel very overwhelmed. Life is overwhelming I get it, it’s just be heightened for me at the minute since it’s a busy period at work and most definitely on the blog, as I’ve been saying on here for a few weeks now. And then I’m trying to juggle a relationship, family, friends and the gym in this mix too. It’s just too much sometimes. I’m trying to cap this feeling and self-situation before it develops to anxiety.
And that’s what’s inspired today’s post. The way the blogging community tackles and discusses mental health means I can offload what’s going on up there in my head. I’ve said this before in this post here about why I love offloading my thoughts on here because it’s so therapeutic and it really is. I wanted to do a post around how I tackle stress to hopefully help others, who may be reading this and feeling the same way. But then, I thought… do people really understand what stress is? Anxiety UK say “The word stress is usually used to describe the feelings that people experience when the demands made on them are greater than their ability to cope. At such times people can often feel overloaded, under tremendous pressure and very tense or emotional.” I started doing some research into the word stress and thought I’d point out some signals of stress and how you might feel:
- Like you can’t switch off
- Unable to enjoy your self
- Uninterested in life
- Unable to concentrate
- Feeling tearful
- Finding it hard to make decisions
- Blurred eyesight or sore eyes
- Panic attacks
- Tired all the time
- Feeling dizzy
These are just a handful of some of the symptoms people with stress may be experiencing which you might not know are linked! I totally didn’t know blurred eyesight and feeling dizzy were associated with stress, again two symptoms I’ve had. I just thought I was tired. What’s not shocked me about researching into stress is that the main cause is work, in my previous job I was overcome with stress constantly however in my new job I’m more relaxed. I still get stressed, yes, but not as much pressure wise. I was stunned to read that in a study conducted by Health and Safety Executive in 2016 526,000 workers suffered from work-related stress, depression or anxiety and there were 12.5 million working days lost last year due to work-related stress, depression or anxiety. I deal with stress a couple of ways, first accepting that I feel stressed and then creating an environment/solution to overcome it.
The most effective ways I help myself when I’m stressed are:
Going To The Gym
When I feel stressed, the first place I head is the gym. Exercise doesn’t eliminate stress but it does reduce some of the emotional intensity that I feel. It totally clears my mind and calms me down. It’s definitely all those endorphins. Exercising really helps me sleep too.
Having A Pamper
Radox has a stress relief herbal bubble bath, it contains natural oil and rosemary which is said to calm and relieve stress and tension, I swear by it. I always grab a bottle when I’m feeling like this and have a nice hot bath before bed. Sends me straight to my dreams. I also use a facemask while I’m in the bath too, to feel really zen and all that jazz.
Having Some YOU Time
Go to Costa, alone, get a coffee and read a magazine. I love being by myself sometimes. I know stress can make you feel lonely, but just turning off from the world does me good.
This is so hard. To stay away from alcohol when you’re feeling like this is like being on a diet and being taunted with chocolate. When I feel like this, I love nothing more than a bottle of wine, but it doesn’t solve anything. Stay away from unhealthy habits! Stay focused.
My Mam knows when I’m stressed or anxious. She like has this sixth sense, I was driving into Newcastle a few weeks ago to an event and had total road rage and she was like “CALM DOWN! WHAT’S THE MATTER WITH YOU?!” She then went on to remind me that it’s not the end of the world if you’re late, these things happen and she made me think, why am I even stressed? Talking about how your feeling is key, I always tell her how I feel and she instantly makes me look at my situation from a different view. Mam’s are the best, aren’t they? Problem solvers should be on their CV.
So there you have it, how do you battle with stress?
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