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In light of yesterday’s post about how stress maybe because of my ear issues, I decided to do today is medical minute on stress and how it can affect us.
While I don’t know yet why or how stress can cause my ears to be hypersensitive, stress is a killer and it affects us in many negative ways. My stress is likely due to a number of factors, guilty conscience (because I was allowed to stop working in the 9 to 5 work world) and David bears the brunt of the responsibility, pressure I put on myself to be there for everyone who matters to me, (Just like any mom, wife, daughter or friend), pressure I put on myself to become a freelance writer and earn a living from it. Some of the risk factors of stress are:
- Social and financial problems
- Physical or mental illness
- Lack of social support networks
- Family discord or family history of stress
Signs and symptoms of stress are:
- Excessive worry
- Internal pressure
- Changes in sleep patterns
Good lord I have all of this!!
PS: I am talk texting this post to reduce my stress this morning. 🙂
- These emotional states began to affect a persons outward appearance:
- Unusually anxious or nervous
- Self absorbed and/or
- Irritable or angry
(Guilty of all charges 😉 )
*If it increases or lasts over a long period of time, a person may experience more emotional or physical symptoms such as:
- Excessive fatigue
- Thoughts of suicide, or harming others
- Nausea or vomiting
- Chest pain
- Racing heart
- Shortness of breath
I will admit to 2-4 of these symptoms myself, but don’t worry-I would never harm myself or others!
What can we do to manage stress ourselves you might ask?
According to my research there are several ways to accomplish this, some I need to implement myself.
- Set realistic goals and limits for yourself
- Put things into perspective and try to get upset about insignificant or an important matters
- Take stress management, Time management, or anger management classes
- Find activities that you enjoy and set aside time to participate in them on a regular basis
- Consume a healthy diet
- Participate in regular physical exercise
- Avoid or reduce alcohol and caffeine intake
- Maintain a positive outlook
- Set goals and break them into easily achievable tasks
- Reward yourself for the good things that you do each day
I found a quote by Victor Frank that says, ” When we are no longer able to change a situation we’re challenged to change ourselves.” I think that’s pretty fitting for me anyway.
I realized that one of the things that stressed me out this week was losing my post on SiteGround that I did on my website Products from the Patio. Somehow while trying to insert a picture on that post, that was pin-worthy, I erased the whole post!! Now I have to start all over- or, back up and regroup and relaunch my website later.
Other stressors for me are time limits, which I suppose falls under the category of setting unrealistic goals for myself, since I try to get so much done in one day. Then when I don’t achieve those goals I feel guilty and lose my motivation. Just being honest here, but I can see I have a lot of work to do on myself. Maybe my doctor’s right and part of the problem with my ears is stress related.
What are your stressors? How do you deal with them? Any comments are welcome and or suggestions too.
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