Most of the time I know I’m stressed and I probably know why I am stressed too. Sometimes, I can feel absolutely fine but actually I am stressing out to the max.This is when I have to listen to my body and take a moment to try and understand what it is telling me.
This is something I do a lot. A LOT! I clench my teeth so much it feels weird when I relax them! It is one of the first signs I am starting to get tense or struggle and I know I’m not alone in this one. Last visit to the Dentist, he spent more time teaching me exercises for this than looking at inside my mouth. He told me how this is becoming more and more of an issue for his patients and that it can have detrimental effects on the joint between the jaw and the skull (Temporomandibular joint if you’re being posh!). I was amazed at how common this is. Stop for a minute and think about whether you are clenching your teeth right now – I bet a lot of you reading this are.
Neck, shoulder or back pain? Yup, you’ve guessed it, you could be stressed! All to easily we put it down to overdoing it at the gym or lifting heavy boxes. If you can’t find another good reason, maybe consider what might be bothering you right now.
Ever feel like you are wearing a tight band around your head or like there’s an icepick going through your skull? This is a strong sign of stress and tension and can often be a precursor to migraines for me personally.
Finding it harder to get out of bed in the mornings or falling asleep on the sofa more? Fatigue can be a symptom of stress and even depression. it’s like our bodies just want to shut down and recharge, but so often we ignore it and try and carry on. If this is happening to you, I suggest booking some time off work ASAP, putting on your pj’s and chilling out.
So what can you do about it?
Well its simple, RELAX! Have a bath, light some candles and put on some slow music. Watch your favourite movie or box set and leave everything outside the house. I also like to try and write down everything that is in my head. Often by offloading everything onto an A3 piece of paper makes me feel a lot lighter (especially if I use my coloured pens!).
Exercising also helps believe it or not. By taking your stresses out on a treadmill or cross trainer you can ease some tension and justify the massive glass of wine you had before you went!
Don’t forget to take time to enjoy your hobbies too – they’re a reason you took them up in the first place. Escape into a pile of wool and crochet a blanket or go outside a photograph the birds. Whatever you want!
How do you destress? Let me know in the comments below.