Is your life too stressful? If the answer is yes, you probably won’t need any help with figuring out if you need a break. You KNOW.
But sometimes we’re in denial. We think, oh, it’s just a temporary thing and I’ll make it through this one too, but then there’s the next one and the next one, and our bodies, designed to fight or flee, which worked just fine way back in the early days, just can’t cope.
We were definitely not designed for long-term non-stop stress. Some of us have learned the hard way where this can lead. If you haven’t, do yourself a favor and don’t keep going till you find out for yourself. It’s not pretty.
So here are a few signs that should tell you to slow down — fast:
1: Racing heart and shaky hands, especially if that happens frequently.
2: Trouble sleeping. Thoughts racing through your head. Waking up in the middle of the night making to-do lists.
3. Neck pain, upper back pain, any back pain for that matter. My chiropractor tells me that out-of-whack vertebrae or, like he likes to call it, subluxations, are caused by the three T’s: trauma (we knew about that one), toxins, and thoughts.
Yes, thoughts. Thoughts of the variety that cause us stress. Have you ever been in the middle of being all stressed out about something and suddenly your back goes out? Or your neck hurts, Or your head?
4. Numbness and tingling in arms and/or hands (and legs too, I suppose). Another one I wasn’t aware of. I was a bit worried about it but figured I just pinched a nerve. Guess what. It’s all part of the body’s reaction to too much stress.
5. You feel sick to your stomach, or have any other gastro-intestinal irregularities. All of these can be caused by stress as well. Remember the tummy ache you had as a kid when you were afraid to go to school on test day or because the schoolyard bully had it in for you?
6. And if your weight has been moving up and up and up, that too may well be due to stress. Cortisol, the ultimate stress hormone, causes the body to store fat (remember, it’s an emergency — you may need it someday, or so the body thinks).
And that’s just for starters. If you find yourself plagued by any or all of the above, take a break.
Sure, deadlines may loom, but think about it: What will they do when you fall over with a heart attack? They’ll figure something out. Why not take the break earlier and NOT have that heart attack first. It’ll be easier on everybody, even from a straight cost/benefit point of view.
So if you’re too stressed to think straight, take a break already. Your work will go so much better when you’re feeling more relaxed and your body is back in balance.
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