The brain is the most important part of our body and any signs and symptoms affecting it, shouldn’t be ignored.
Initially, stress shows no physical signs which makes us ignore it, but when this stress reaches a dangerous level – physical signs are seen, which are creeping and totally unexpected. When people suffer from high-stress level, eating, sleeping or working becomes really difficult for them.
Our body produces various enzymes which are controlled by the brain. Our brain is programmed to protect us from incoming threats, it does so by controlling our reflexes or releasing the various enzymes in the fight or flight situations. When we panic even for reasons like a deadline, a flight, a performance or may be a date our brain thinks we are really under threat and trigger the reactions within the body and when we calm down or when our body thinks the threat has passed it returns to normal. But if this doesn’t pass our body enters the high-stress level or sometimes chronic stress.
Chronic stress is very bad for our health. It directly affects our heart, sleep, appetite, anxiety and depression. It’s important to know when the stress levels have risen too high.
Here are few signs of chronic stress and how to control them
1. Racing thoughts
We can feel various thoughts shuffling in our head. This causes us to lose focus on the task we are doing, be it cooking, studying, working or a conversation. The racing thoughts totally disrupt our mind.
One way to make it go away is to stay away from electronics.
Take a pen and make a list of things you would like to do, start from the easiest one, it will make you feel under control.
2. Panic attack
During this situation, we feel we are entirely out of control of our body and that is not in a good way. We start feeling dizzy and everything seems frustrating and falling apart. Breathing exercises help best in this situation. Breathing exercises are in fact yogic and help wonders when comes to easing panic attack. If possible find a peaceful place and place your hand on your heart and breathe through your nose. (taking longer breaths)
Insomnia is one of the most common symptoms of stress. We fall on the bed and close our eyes and then thoughts start the marathon, the racing thoughts takes sleep away. Scientists say this is due to the use of technology before going to bed. The blue light emitted from the gadgets suppresses melatonin, a hormone that induces sleep. Try switching off your gadgets for at least 30 minutes before going to sleep for a better sleep.
4. Tightening of muscles
Tightening our muscles at the thought of or in stressful situation put a lot of pressure on the muscles and joints often resulting in pain. There is another yogic exercise to ease this pain. Clench your muscles as you breathe in and release them as you exhale. Repeat this for at least ten breaths. Alternatively, you can inhale and clench your muscle for 5 seconds and exhale as you release the muscle. These exercises help to relax the muscle
5. Stomach aches
Stress makes body release different hormones, these hormones go to our stomach and any enzyme in access can hurt us physically. Anxiety affects our digestive system, making you suffer from painful constipation and sometimes chronic diarrhea. To ease your digestive system, try tea containing ginger or peppermint. This helps the digestive system relax.
6. Gaining weight
Normally stress makes you lose appetite and you lose weight but in the case of chronic stress, the case is different. In threatening situations, our body produces adrenaline which helps our body to keep functioning. When this happens your body responds by urging you to replenish your food stores. This is why you may get munchies while feeling stressed.
You shouldn’t ignore any signs your body is giving you. Listen and trust your body, it’s trying to tell you something. If you find any of these symptoms try to gain control over your stress and seek for expert guidance.