What is your body trying to tell you?

Your body tells you what to do each and everyday it all depends on how we approach the decisions.

Waking up feeling like you can conquer the world- go and do it! Waking up with a headache and feeling like you can’t even get out of bed- take the day off and relax..go to work but if it gets worse then go home.

When you can sleep the day away and don’t know why…it may be your body telling you to relax don’t go to the gym and kill it again. Take a look at these Red Alert signs when your body is not feeling ‘normal’:

1. Panic Attacks

You know the feeling. You feel like you’re juggling 10 balls, and at any minute, they’re going to come crashing down on your face.

Stop these racing thoughts with deep breathing.

Go hide in the bathroom, at your desk or in a conference room. Place one hand on your stomach and one on your chest, while you breathe deeply in through your nose and out your mouth.

Focus entirely on your breathing. Repeat until you feel a deep state of zen.


2. Racing Thoughts

Anxiety is a symptom of stress. This can cause you to experience racing thoughts, and you completely lose focus.

Put down your phone (seriously) and step away from the computer. Make a list of the top five things you want to accomplish that day.

Breaking tasks down can instill confidence in your ability and make projects appear much more manageable.


3. Tightness In Your Muscles And Joints

Do you clench your jaw or tighten up your shoulders at the thought of that upcoming deadline?

Stress causes our bodies to be on high alert.

Relax with some progressive muscle relaxation. Moving from your head down to your feet, clench each body part tightly for five seconds and release.

You will feel more at ease afterward, and ready to take on the day.


4. Stomach Ache And Heartburn

If you’re in the bathroom literally every 10 minutes at work, this could be because of your stress levels.

Anxiety and worry can upset the balance of digestion. In some people, it slows down digestion and causes bloated, painful constipation.

In others, it speeds it up and causes those frequent trips to the bathroom.

Stress can also lead to that burning feeling in your stomach or esophagus, which is known as heartburn.

Managing your stress is the best, but for a quick fix, sip on a drink containingginger.

It has been known to calm stomach aches and has a number of other amazing benefits.


5. Insomnia

Sleeplessness is extremely common among individuals with high stress levels.

Often, people get in their beds to try to go to sleep, but they experience racing thoughts and restless legs.

According to The Chicago Tribune, this may be caused by technology in the bedroom. The blue light from your smartphone and computer screen suppresses melatonin,which is the hormone that helps us sleep.

Screens also disrupt the circadian rhythms that control our sleep-wake cycles.

Kick your technology out of bed and catch some extra zzz’s.


6. Weight Gain

According to the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Southern California, “the immediate response to stress can be a temporary loss of appetite. For some people, chronic stress can be tied to an increase in appetite and stress-induced weight gain.”

Whenever we feel threatened, our body releases hormones like adrenaline and cortisol. These hormones help us in situations of danger and distress.

But unfortunately, your body doesn’t know the difference between a lion chasing after you and that paper you have due next week.

Because of this, your body still responds to stress with the hormonal sign that you need to replenish your nutritional stores.

 

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