Do you have too much stress in your life? You can count on it if you have some of the following warning signs?
1. You're overweight.
Are you embarrassed by too much belly fat? For the longest time, people used to think that stress causes weight loss, not weight gain. That may be true for some, but most of us tend to put on the pounds. And not just anywhere. Cortisol, the stress hormone, literally causes the body to accumulate the wobbly stuff right up front and center and makes it almost impossible to take it back off.
2. You have trouble falling asleep or sleeping long enough.
Once again, this can be a sign of too much stress. And since sleep is so crucial for recovery, stress-induced insomnia often starts a vicious cycle.
3. You have heartburn, hyperacidity, GERD, or indigestion.
Maybe what you need is not another dose of antacids but a massage and a nice hot bath, not necessarily in that order. And a day off.
4. You get sick a lot.
When someone sneezes in the office, are you the first to catch it? Do you have allergies or skin rashes? These are all signs that your immune system has begun to suffer. It's time to take a legal U-turn.
5. Your blood pressure too high.
Elevated blood pressure is a natural extension of long-term (and even short-term) stress. Unfortunately, this is one symptom that you may not be able to detect on your own unless you're in the habit of checking your own blood pressure. Now you may think I'm a bit nuts, but guess what? If you're under a lot of stress, do your heart and your blood vessels a favor and get yourself a personal blood pressure measuring gadget, especially if you know your blood pressure is borderline high already. Or if you have a family history of hypertension. You can find blood pressure meters at any pharmacy or drugstore.
How many of these symptoms seem familiar? If you have even one of them, give yourself a break. You're human. Your body is the only one you'll ever have in this lifetime. Treat it accordingly and make it last. As a bonus, you'll enjoy your life a whole lot more as well.
This article has been brought to you by Elisabeth Kuhn, Ph.D. For a related article on how to stay calm under pressure, go to http://tinyurl.com/calmnow
And at the bottom of that article, you'll find a link for Elisabeth's FREE stress tips report!