At some point, all of us get to feel bad emotionally or get sick more than it should be usual. What has sometimes hidden behind a series of ...
At some point, all of us get to feel bad emotionally or get sick more than it should be usual. What has sometimes hidden behind a series of apparently benign, but uncomfortable ailments, is nothing more and nothing less than stress?
I am a living witness of what a toxic situation can do in your life. Fresh out of college, I found a job as a secretary at a music institute. The work was apparently simple, and it really was; However, the one who made the situation difficult for me was my boss, a man of an explosive and unpredictable character. I was terrified of him.
It only took 7 months to get colon disease. I had to go to the doctor because the pain was unbearable. In the consultation, the doctor told me that I had an irritated colon, possibilities of gastritis, allergic rhinitis, and that this, together with my migraines, was a cause of stress.
I got to the point where I had to choose, and I decided to quit. Fortunately, there were a number of incidents, and before I did, I was fired. I cannot say that things have changed regarding my health. Discomforts come and go, partly because I don't know how to work under pressure and I get stressed easily.
The symptoms of suffering from stress are multiple; However, there are some that many times because they are so common and are not linked to this evil. You will find them below.
The skin shows allergic reactions
The allergy or urticaria can be very annoying since the itching generated by the outbreak on the skin is uncontrollable.
When a person is under stress, the immune system is destabilized and the body releases histamine to combat the typical discomforts of being under pressure. An allergy is the body's response to stress that does not go away. The skin becomes irritated by any substance you were never sensitive to and the result is the insatiable itch of allergy.
Although you can go to a doctor to treat the discomfort, an immediate solution to soothe the itching is to soak a towel and put it on the affected areas, and even take an antihistamine.
Stress causes the body to release cortisol. This hormone causes the body to be affected in such a way that it is difficult for the process of metabolizing fat, proteins, and carbohydrates. The result is weight gain or loss.
Frequent headaches and muscle tension
Better known as a muscle headache in medical slang. These are the typical headaches that become more frequent than normal and are accompanied by muscle tension. You will recognize it if your sinuses, half of the head, only the frontal area (forehead), or only one eye hurt.
It can be solved by taking ibuprofen or the pain pill of your choice, but better to consult your family doctor.
It is not strange that when we are stressed it becomes more difficult to go to the bathroom. In the same way, it is very typical that we are eating or not eating due to the tension that a situation may generate.
All this lack of control in eating will cause the body to enter a state of "disorder", or diarrhea or constipation take over the digestive system.
The point is that this can trigger colitis or an irritated colon, your belly will become inflamed and in addition to this, you can suffer severe intestinal pain and even bleeding when going to the bathroom.
It is true that there are times of the year that make us more susceptible to getting sick with the flu; however, when after one flu another and another happens without stopping and it seems that the normal thing for you is to be sick, as it is already a sign of stress.
Stress causes our body's immune system to weaken and it is more difficult to deal with viruses, making it much easier for you to "catch the flu."
You have acne, again
Acne is not a matter that we leave in adolescence for those of us who badly carry the burdens of the day today. Having acne is normal when we are stressed because hormones get out of control and many of them generate skin changes.
You can keep it under control by eating healthy, daily cleansing your face with micellar water, and using astringents, but without abusing them.
Lack of concentration
Due to cortisol, much more than just basic body functions may be disrupted; the mind is also disturbed. It is normal for a stressed person not to know how to solve minor problems and not to be able to concentrate to find solutions to the most important things in life. In addition to the above, it is very possible that the possibility of suffering from anxiety and depression increases.
Hair falling out is natural, but falling out is a matter of stress. It happens that stress leads the hair follicles to a resting phase, which causes that affected hair to fall over time.
I know the situation can be overwhelming but it is nothing that cannot be solved by knowing how to deal with anxiety and difficult situations in life.
Easy ways to deal with stress
Many of the above symptoms can cause your stress to increase rather than decrease; however, there are things you can and should do if you want to have optimal health and normal, functional life.
-Practice meditation and relaxation. These activities will lead to a heightened state of consciousness in which you will be able to focus on what matters most and you will learn to have control over yourself and your state of mind.
-Do exercise. Exercise causes your body to release endorphins; This is known as the "wellness hormone", therefore if you exercise you will release tension and you will feel better.
-Laugh: A person who laughs will hardly allow himself to be invaded by difficulties and negative or pessimistic thoughts.
-Surround yourself with your loved ones and spend pleasant moments with them.
-Sleep well and at least 8 hours a day.
-Do what you like.
-Stay away from conflictive situations.
-Learn to say "no."
Putting these activities into practice will gradually improve your quality of life and that of everyone around you. Don't let stress take over your life!