Let’s face it, most of our jobs can get pretty hectic every now and again. For some, their job is like a roller coaster with ups and downs, others feel that their jobs are more like a constant free fall into an endless abyss and others have switched over to a smile of denial with a dead look in their eyes.
In the USA, over 83% of workers are stressed. 60-80% of workplace accidents are caused by stress and stressed employees spend 46% more on healthcare. Stress can be a deadly. It is very important to acknowledge when you are stressed and to do something about it as soon as possible.
Most of us know when our stress levels are a bit high, but there is also a grey zone where your mind and body goes into overdrive. The result, people saying they’re fine when they’re really not. Below are a few symptoms of stress to help you be more proactive about your own health as well as the health of you co-workers, family and friends.
Stress symptoms can be placed in 3 categories; physical, emotional and cognitive.
- Low energy
- Low immune system leading to frequent colds and infections
- Gut problems – constipation, nausea and diarrhoea
- Clenched jaw and grinding of teeth, especially during sleep
- Ringing in ears
- Sweaty hands and feet, sometimes they can also be cold
- Heart palpitations and chest pain
- Tense muscles leading to aches and pains
- Dry feeling in mouth
- Severe to moderate mood swings in both men and women
- Easily frustrated and irritable
- Avoiding social interaction which leads to loneliness
- Always feeling overwhelmed by the most basic everyday tasks
- Constant mind racing and having difficulty relaxing
- Pessimism and only focussing on the negative things in life
- Feeling disorientated
- Finding it hard to focus on one thing
- Constant worrying
- Poor judgement
- Racing mind
Being 100% tranquil in the world today is nearly impossible. BUT it is our duty to lighten the stress load in our own lives as well as those around us.
If you answered “Yes” to most of the symptoms listed above, it is safe to say that you are suffering from stress. The first step is to acknowledge that you are stressed. The second step is to name the thing that is stressing you out and the last step is to find a way to solve the issue.
Other activities that can help reduce stress is regular exercise. Jogging, cycling or just going for a 30 min walk can do wonders. Yoga can also help drastically reduce stress levels. Not only will you become more nimble, but yoga helps you focus on your breathing. Did you know, most of us don’t breathe right? Well we don’t, shallow breathing is especially prevalent in stressed individuals.
Get a hobby. For those of us not too keen about exercise finding a hobby that you can enjoy can help take your mind off things for a while. Sometimes your brain gets re-wired during a hobby session
To help you on your way to a less stressed life, opt for ozone therapy. A short, 30 minute session in an ozone sauna can help reduce stress, combat irritability, mood swings, nervousness and exhaustion. It can also help boost your immune system and increase the oxygen levels in your blood.
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