What No One Tells You About Stress & 3 Ways To Manage It
Ok, it’s time we have a #truthmoment chat… A few months ago when I was 25 weeks pregnant, I was sitting on the couch watching one of my favorite shows (ok,ok it was Teen Mom) and out of nowhere my heart started racing. I mean racing to the point it felt it was about to beat out of my chest. I was having heart palpitations.
Hmmmm…I thought it was because I was frustrated at one of the dads for not showing up at his son’s softball game but an hour after the show went off, the palpitations were still showing up.
Long story short, I called my OB doc and she referred me to a cardiologist. After doing an EKG test on me, the doc saw that it was indeed palpitations and called it Sinus Arrhythmia and said it was stress related.
Of course being pregnant is stressful enough but when you combine that with taking care of the hubby, kiddos, work and the multitude of everyday activities, stress can send you over the top.
Stress is the body’s natural response in the face of danger. Short-term stress isn’t likely to cause any major health concerns but when you’re under stress for days or even weeks or months, you’re at risk for numerous health effects. Such risks may extend to your body and mind, as well as your emotional well-being.
Stress may even lead to an inflammatory response in the body, which has been associated with numerous chronic health issues.
- Cause digestive issues
- Cause insomnia
- Leave you short of breath
- Increase your risk of type 2 diabetes
- Can cause weight gain
- Cause abnormal heartbeats
And since I want you stress free, here are 3 ways you can deal with stress
1. Eliminate The Stress Starters-
Stress starters are anything that starts and triggers your stress. Identify what the biggest starters are in your life. Is it your job, the people you are around, time-management? Whatever it is, once you identify the starter, you can then eliminate or reduce the amount of time and energy you put towards it. If you can’t identify what it is, try keeping a stress journal and immediately jot down when you are feeling stressed.
2. Relaxation Techniques-
You can’t give what you don’t have. That’s so good you may need to tweet that! If your cup if empty, you can’t pour out any more…there’s NOTHING left! You have to refill your cup and the way you do that is by massages, exercise, yoga, and spiritual practices. Take time to relax and mentally get away from your stress for the moment so you can come back with your cup full again.
3. Talk To Yourself-
Now, you may think I’m crazy but giiiiiiirl, I’m the queen of talking to myself. It works! When I’m in the moment and I’m super stressed I take a second to breathe and I say, “ Toye, you are meant to do this” or I look up and say “ God, you created me for this”. You have to speak over yourself and encourage you at times. There may not always be someone there to do the encouraging so you have to talk to yourself.
Put a sentence or two together and start talking to yourself.
Stress can manifest in different ways… don’t allow it to take over your life.
With that being said, you can’t go about this thing called life alone. You need help.
If you are someone who has a hard time dealing with stress and want to know if it’s causing your weight gain, digestive issues or unhealthy eating habits I invite you to schedule a call with me. Click here to book into my calendar.