Stress is a normal part of life. Work, raising a family, traffic, obligations, meeting deadlines, your personal life, relationships, helping others, managing your finances plus several other responsibilities, etc. Add on top of that being a survivor of abuse including healing from the abuse and all that this entails. PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and complex PTSD is a result of trauma/ abuse and is basically prolonged stress over an extended period of time. Stress affects the mind, body, spirit and soul. Often times extreme stress on the body for prolonged periods if not managed effectively, can compromise the body's immune system and cause illnesses such as a stroke, a heart attack, increased blood pressure, increased anxiety and depression, arthritis,and even cancer. This is why it is imperative that you manage your stress effectively.
Some Signs of Stress:
-Increased anxiety and nervousness
-Irritability/ bouts of moodiness
-Becoming withdrawn, shutting down and isolating
-Unable to focus
-Lack of appetite
-Unable to sleep
Ways to manage stress:
Practice Self Care!!!
-Watching funny movies
-Lighting a candle/ burning incense
-Cuddle your pets
-Eat healthy foods
-Drink lots of water, herbal teas
-Spend time with supportive people and get rid of those who treat you poorly
-Get out in nature and pay attention to your surroundings
-Listening to music
-Dancing like a fool in your living room while your pets laugh and scratch their heads!
-Finding humor and learning to laugh at yourself and see yourself as imperfect and being OK with this fact
-Join a recreation center and get involved in something you love like swim class, dance class, spin class or yoga
-Hit the mall and go shopping, treat yourself
-Finding new ways to relax and de-stress if old ways no longer work (Be open)
If your stress has become overwhelming to the point that you are not yourself, and it is affecting your life to the extent that it is having a negative impact on your life, it may be time to seek support. You can seek support through your local crisis center, a councilor, or your family doctor.
I have added this page because I have recognized that learning to manage your stress in better and more effective ways, as well as being mindful that you may need to make adjustments here and there depending on what is happening in your life, is absolutely critical in being able to quiet your mind, relax your body, relieve anxiety, and keep yourself in a state of balance of mind, body, spirit, and soul. So critical in finding some peace in your life.
I have found that practicing self care regularly in your life makes a huge difference and can prevent deep depression from setting in. (I have mentioned self care repeatedly through my site only because this is a crucial element in maintaining a healthy state of mind and body)
Here's a couple good links:
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What to do When Stress Becomes Overwhelming