One definition of stress is “a physical, mental or emotional factor causing bodily or mental tension”. These factors can arise together and cause issues with daily life. We may be experiencing wonderful moments and then, an unexpected event, thought or memory causes stress to enter our bodies.
From too many activities on our agenda to worries about health, finances, jobs, family, friendships and more, our thoughts can take the stress level from low to high.
What should we do to stay alert for signs of stress? Are there ways to handle stress? How can we pause and take care of our mental wellbeing when times seem to be busier than ever?
Warning signs of stress can be different for everyone. One of the first warning signs of stress for me is a pain in my neck. I notice a slight tensing of my neck muscles.
Another sign is a headache. Also, for me, a sign of stress in my body is a rapid pulse.
Since each one of us has unique personalities and bodies, we must be alert to our own warning signs of stress.
If I don’t recognize my signs and the stress level becomes too intense, I tend to go into a panic attack. Then, I have a whole different issue to address.
When alert to my signs of stress, I am able to pause, take deep breaths, enjoy a walk through the house or outside, and pray. Prayer is one of my favorite ways to handle stress.
I also enjoy sharing conversation with family and friends. Taking myself away from stressful thoughts, even for a few minutes, helps my body relax.
Have you thought about stress in your life? Do you have ways of coping? What are your warning signs and how do you recognize them? Share with us. Your ideas may help someone else.
Remember you are not alone. Other people are having stress. Sometimes chatting with someone can help.
Enjoy a stress-free day!
Melissa Henderson is a writer of inspirational messages through fiction, non-fiction, devotions, guest blogs, articles and more. Her first children’s book “Licky the Lizard: was released in 2018.