Ah yes stress…
When I look back over the years at the amount of times I’ve been completely stressed, there have always been the warning signs. But, oblivious, I ploughed on with whatever I was doing – then its too late to nip it in the bud.
For me, stress leads to cold sores. They’re awful – hideous in fact and so bloody sore. But unfortunately its something thats been the bane of my life since childhood. They always surface when I’m tired, or burning the candle at both ends. When that tingling starts its too late and you’ve 2 weeks looking like someone has come along and bust your lip (and I would always get more than one at the same time). I even had one the day my first was born and couldn’t kiss her for 10 days as they are so contagious and dangerous if passed to babies (how heartbreaking that was).
Recognising the signs
So how do you know when you’re stressed? Listen to your body, be mindful and look out for the warning signs. Are you feeling tired? Thats always the first indicator for me
As I get older, I try to manage my stress levels, so as to avoid any signs and basically being kinder to my body. Low and behold those little blisters are a very rare occurence these days (once you start listening to your body). I still get them, but not like I used to.
5 tips to avoid/manage stress
1. Eat plenty of vitamin c (oranges, carrots, spinach, broccoli or whatever you like thats high in vitamin c ) and get yourself a good tonic as part of your daily diet. Diet really is so important and drink plenty of that water. If like me you are prone to getting cold sores: take a lysine supplement along with a b complex supplement daily. This can prevent them (great tip from my pharmacist friend)
2. If you have too much going on: do up a list of what’s important – write it down from high priority to low. Whatever is at the bottom can wait. Write it out.
3. Don’t be afraid to say no to people – go with your gut, if it doesn’t feel right, or you’re too tired then don’t do it. I know its easier said than done. I used to be the biggest people pleaser (not anymore). Manage those stress levels. Remember ‘you’ and your health matters most. Your body will thank you later.
4. Exercise, but don’t over do it. It doesn’t need to be strenuous, every little bit helps and fresh air is always good for the soul.
5. Last but not least: be kind to yourself, listen to your body and if you are feeling stressed, take a break. Go for that weekend away to recharge. Go to a spa, connect with nature. Leave the kids with family or friends for a few hours for some ‘you’ time.
Taking action and nipping it in the bud
I always know when Im feeling stressed. Mostly, I’m fatigued. I then listen to my body and start looking at my diet.
I hope these tips (that have helped me) help you when feeling stressed.
Listen to your body
Check in with yourself, be
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Long term stress can take its toll on the body, making the risks higher for hypertension, stroke, heart failure, digestive problems and many, many other problems. Lots of interesting information here to research further:
I’d also like to add I’m no medical practitioner, but I’m sharing what has helped me during times of stress.
Thank you for stopping by and checking out my post. Be kind to yourself and your body.
How do you manage stress and do you recognise the warning signs?