If you haven’t read the earlier part of the series and are just discovering this now, I invite you to go back and read this series from the beginning as the more we know about ourselves, the more we can help ourselves in times of stress.
Today we are talking about the behaviors that are associated with stress and PTSD. Knowing that we are doing some of these things intentionally or unintentionally can be a key indicator that something is wrong and that we need to do some things differently to avoid a blowout. Here are a few questions you can ask yourself when you are approaching over load and when you recognize them in yourself you can make better choices and action steps to avoid trouble. When we are under stress, we do some of the following things:
We get worse at managing our time and keeping organized.
We rush around trying to get everything done and be all things to all people.
We find it hard to delegate or give tasks away holding everything close as if we are the only ones who can do it right.
We work longer hours and bring our home on nights and weekends.
We cut down or eliminate altogether the things we enjoy.
We stop calling or contacting our friends.
We take it out on others – yelling at our kids or partners.
We say things like “I have no time” for eating or sleeping.
We need a drink or to get high.
We need sleeping aids or sedatives to calm down.
When we see these things becoming a pattern in our lives, it’s an indication that we are out of balance and need to make some changes. Often, if we don’t monitor or watch our own behaviors we can’t see the crash coming until its too late.
HH4Heroes Stress-Buster Tip #4 by Lisa Cypers Kamen
When overloaded it is easy to stop eating, sleeping and exercising properly. We think we do not have the time to prepare or buy a healthy meal, get our eight hours of rest or move our bodies to elevate our heart rates and stretch our muscles for at least 30 minutes a day. However, in stressful times we need good self-care to help us through the rough period. Sleep deprivation, poor nutrition and inactivity make the symptoms worse thus creating a vicious cycle. It is essential to eat vitamin rich high quality food daily. It is important to sleep. If sleep is challenging then it is even more important to exercise for longer durations to wear us out. The point is to feed your mind, body and emotions what it needs.
In the next article, we will talk about the Physical Sensations of stress and how to recognize those.
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