Is this Anxiety or is it just me? I can’t tell anymore...
For Stress Awareness Month I wanted to highlight the effects of stress and anxiety on our minds and bodies.
Some of us were already stuck in stress mode, before this pandemic, and now the rest of us seem to be there too.
There’s a tidal wave of anxiety and stress washing over the world as Covid recedes, and the effects can be serious.
Anxiety can cause you to feel:
irritable, aggressive, impatient or wound up
anxious, nervous or afraid
like you've lost your sense of humour
uninterested in life
a sense of dread
worried about your health
like your thoughts are racing and you can't switch off
These behaviours can be caused by anxiety and stress:
eating too much or too little
drinking too much
biting your nails
picking your skin or eyelashes
unable to enjoy yourself
unable to concentrate
restless, like you can't sit still
being tearful or crying
If you're experiencing these physical symptoms, they are commonly caused by stress:
shallow breathing or hyperventilating
tired all the time
constipation or diarrhoea
problems getting to sleep, staying asleep or having nightmares
grinding your teeth or clenching your jaw
sexual problems, such as losing interest in sex or being unable to enjoy sex
high blood pressure
indigestion or heartburn
feeling sick, dizzy or fainting
Sound familiar? Are you struggling with any of these?
You don't need to, because I can help you better manage these symptoms and behaviours.
You can learn to control the way your body responds to stress, you can change the way you feel inside and you can nourish and restore your body.