Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Stressed Out? Who me? Yes You!:)

Did you know that the more stress you are under, the more you have to take better care of yourself? Lets think about the signs and symptoms associated with stress and what stress is controllable or uncontrollable.

PHYSICAL SIGNS:

  • Dry mouth
  • Headache
  • Faintness
  • Heart palpitations
  • Clumsiness
  • Stomach aches, knots, nausea and cramps
  • Constipation or diarrhea
  • Short and shallow breathing
  • Sleeping too much/too little
  • Lump in the throat
  • Sweating, clammy hands
  • Fatigue
  • Chest pain, muscle spasms or a feeling of a tight chest

EMOTIONAL SIGNS:

  • Excessive nervousness or anxiety
  • Feeling overwhelmed
  • Nightmares
  • Chronic irritability
  • Constant feelings of resentment
  • Anti-social
  • Feeling down and alone

THOUGHT RELATED SIGNS:

  • Difficulty making everyday decisions
  • Memory problems
  • Worrying everyday
  • Expecting the worst

NOTE: Identify your stress symptom, then think about how you might be able to change the situation or if it is uncontrollable.

Here I go again, write it down and ask yourself these questions:

1). Can I control this event or situation? Can I change it?

Go with the flow and do something different. Save energy for something you can impact and change.

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2). How important is it?

Think about it, will you or anyone remember what has happened or what was said?

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3). Has this happened before? If so, how did I handle it?

Don’t spend so much time worrying and take time out for yourself.

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4). What is the worst possible outcome?

Breathe deeply, relax, practice positive imagery and meditation.

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So, how do I cope? Humor and laughter goes a long way. Sure I have brain fog, so what if I forget what to call a cup, plate or a name. It isn’t the end of the world. I am still alive and typing away, it may not make sense…..but I am trying. That is all I can ask of myself, is to try and keep things in perspective. Live life and enjoy the good moments we have. There is always someone down the road with greater challenges. We just have to learn to accept ourselves and believe God is with us every step of the way.

I hope and pray this information has helped someone today.

Viv Fibro ( Have you every done that? I always write things the wrong way!:))

Fibro Viv

2 comments:

terry said...

In our busy lifestyle we have to keep our mind stress free. I am totally agree with your given symptoms when we are over stresses. Meditation is a very good technique for keeping our mind fresh and our body relax. You have given good advice to readers for keeping our life tension free and relief to the mind. One brave heart women community www.braveheartwomen.com which is filled with information regarding business skills, our potentials, working experience and helpful tools that will assist us to make our life happy.

Fibro Viv said...

I believe even people without chronic illnesses suffer from some type of stress. Everyone needs to learn how to manage their stress.

God Bless,