We know that stress can affect our bodies and our minds, the way we react, our responses as well as the physical responses that can affect our health and wellbeing.
We know the whole concept of fight or flight, and that in the ‘caveman’ days we used this to our advantage to fight or flee from the danger whatever or whoever that was.
However, today, we are more civilised, don’t want to upset, or offend. We put on a pretence, ignore the signals our mind and instincts tell us and carry on regardless.
When we do this, it affects us in a myriad of ways. But what do we do? Do we listen to our bodies? No, we don’t. We are SO good at giving other people great advice and suggestions but not giving ourselves the same advice.
Well, it’s about time we all practice what we preach and apply the principle of do as a say and do. We need to role model this behaviour, otherwise we are giving out the wrong signals to our peers, our children which just helps perpetuate the situation.
We often ignore our mental stress, our emotional stress and when we start being affected physically, we go to the GP who generally treats the symptoms and not the cause, which may help in the short-term, but not in the long-term..
How can we best identify symptoms in ourselves?
Here are some things we might start looking for:
- Bad decision-making – Have we started making mistakes based on bad decisions? What are the consequences of these bad decisions and how can we take action to rectify the ‘place’ we’re in. We need to firstly recognise what we’re doing; take time out to reflect on what’s happening and why to see if we can track back to triggers and causes to be able to collect ourselves and work out ways we can relax and de-stress
- Worry and lack of concentration – We often start worrying about things that don’t need worrying about; only focusing on the negative rather than the positive; feeling overwhelmed and unable to focus on the important things we need to. Trying to again take time out to put the ‘pause’ or ‘stop’ button on what we’re doing to put the situation into context with our worries and split our work schedule into more manageable bites to get over the stage we’re at
- Losing focus and motivation – When we’re feeling good motivation often comes naturally. When we feel de-motivated, we end up losing focus, direction and clarity. We chug along with no clear path or goal in sight, drifting from one job or task to another not knowing where we are going or why. We need to track back and find our ‘mojo’. Consider why we started the business, or chose the job, or why we are doing what we’re doing. Go back to our roots and find the motivation that started us on that track to get us back on track
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