Are you stressed out?
Millions of people are. With all the racing around, crazy schedules, health issues that pop up, money problems, work demands, and such, it’s no wonder we get so stressed!
Here’s the deal: Some stress is normal—even helpful. The stress-induced fight or flight response can save our lives.
But excess stress–and I’m thinking chronic stress here–sucks big-time. It takes the fun out of life. It eats away at your health. And it can damage our relationships with those we love most.
Stress can sneak up on you. So watch for these signs of excess stress.
You may be under too much stress when you:
- Growl, snap and snarl more than the Dobermans guarding Beyonce’s Beverly Hills estate (assuming she has Dobermans and a place in Beverly Hills)
- Explode in angry outbursts where you channel Godzilla on a bad day
- Cry tears of frustration because you’ve put up with so much, given so much and you need to release your emotions (and there’s nothing funny about that)
- Toss and turn all night, plus wake up early, making you so sleep deprived you blunder about like a caffeine-chugging zombie, or maybe you…
- …Snooze endlessly, which makes the insomniac zombies mentioned in the previous point insanely jealous, but which makes you feel guilty and sluggish (and nobody, but NOBODY wants to think of themselves “sluggish”)
- Are enthralled with every buzz, bleep, chime, ring and readout your smartphone, laptop, tablet and other always-on gizmos make. Did you know that “thrall” means “slave”? Thus, enthralled with technology can be construed as enslaved by technology… and it’s hard to relax when you’re a 24/7 tech slave. Just saying.
- Reach for substances that are frowned upon or illegal in states other than Colorado
- Notice changes with your sex drive, which, FYI, is part of your body, not your computer.
- Break out into a rash (see, it’s not just an expression)
- Find concentrating difficult, even when reading scintillating articles like
- Sense that your important relationships are mysteriously becoming as strained as an aging bungee cord suspending a family of overweight water buffaloes
Notes to guys:
- “Relationships” are what you have with your wife/girlfriend/significant other, family members, etc.
- Avoid any and all references to strained bungee cords and overweight water buffaloes when discussing your relationship with your wife/girlfriend/significant other
When we’re stressed, we’re not our best selves. Fortunately, you can take action to better manage the stress in your life. Read on.
6 Powerful Stress Zappers
- Laughter. Hang out with people who make you laugh. (You are 30 times more likely to laugh in social settings than alone, according to one study.)
- Yoga. The bomb. Pick your favorite style or studio. And breathe.
- Meditation. Proven to make things better.
- Walking (especially outdoors). Spending time in nature is proven to help us calm down and relax. Can’t get away? Even a walk down a street with trees or plants will help. Or look at nature scenes online or in a magazine.
- Your favorite sport or vigorous activity. Burn off excess tension and take your mind off your troubles.
- Tai chi. Not only is it renowned for health and relaxation, tai chi can be practiced as a martial art.
Stress touches us all. It’s part of life. But when stress starts getting the best of us, it’s time to turn the tables on stress and manage it.
What is your top way to zap excess stress? I want to hear from you, so leave a comment below.