Learn to Identify Stress for What it is
Stress is something that is becoming a bigger and bigger problem in our modern, fast-paced lives. Stress is an indicator that is letting us know that we are overwhelmed and overworked and that we need to take a break. The hyperactivity of the modern lifestyle increases the likelihood that you will experience stress because of its incredibly fast paced nature.
Our modern world has become the world of gadgets. We all have some kind of gadget, whether it’s a smart phone, a tablet of some kind, or a laptop. These gadgets are constantly feeding us information and keeping us up to date on scheduling, which have turned most modern life into a robotic existence. None of these gadgets are helping us to really cope with stress, if anything they tend to aggravate the situation even more.
Most people have even begun to consider stress to be an enemy. They think of stress as something that has to be fought off, as an inconvenience that must be beaten somehow. You must realize though that stress is actually an indicator, it is your body’s way of showing you that you need a break. When you ignore this indicator, your body must take more aggressive action to get you to relax and recuperate. It is therefore very important that you learn to identify the indicators of stress so that you are able to deal with this situation before it escalates.
Early indicators of stress are different for different people. Some people tend to feel stress as a type of bodily tension while others might see stress as a barrage of negative thoughts and feelings. What is most important is that you identify your own personal indicators so that you are able to deal with stress in a timely manner. Remember that stress is just your body trying to tell you that you need a break, if you do not identify these early indicators of stress, your body will take measures to get you to relax in a different way. When early stress indicators are ignored; some people get migraine headaches, others have a stomach upset, while others might be affected by a cold or the flu. What the body is doing here is that it’s taking matters into its own hands and is creating a situation where the body must stop what it’s doing and relax.
If you maintain a highly stressful life, where stress is something that you continually have to deal with, it is possible that your body can take more drastic measures to get you on the right path. Do realize though that these are not measures that are done behind your back as it were, or measures that you do not have any control over. If you would learn to listen to your early stress signals and question yourself as to why you are stressing out at the moment, you would discover why you are having a problem. Understanding why you are having these problems, you can then try to change your situation so that you can deal with it. If you ignore these problems and these early stress indicators, you will find different ways to deal with your situation.
All of this can be seen quite consciously by you if you’re willing to pay attention to yourself and how you are feeling. Nothing is ever hidden from us if we are willing to consciously experience our reality and to continually discover the reasons for all our feelings. If you consciously do not take responsibility for your stressed-out life, A different part of you, that you might even label as ‘subconscious’, will take over and make sure that you take the time to relax as you should.
It is very important that you become aware of your personal emotional life. You must begin to understand the early signals of stress. In this way you will be able to take conscious action and relieve that stress, which just means; Take a break!
Remember stress is just a body signal that is telling you that you need a break, that you need to take some time off and see things from a different perspective, or that you just need to let it all go for a while. If you become adept at identifying these early stress signals and act on them when they present themselves, you will have a happier, healthier, and far more successful life.