Stress is a very common and rather serious problem, but having no clear boundaries yet it is often underestimated. According to the doctor who first defined it, Hans Selye, stress is an excessive load of cognitive, emotional and social stimuli.
The human body responds to this excessive amount of stimuli in three successive phases. The first phase is the alarm, during which the body tries to warn us that something is wrong. The second phase is adaptation, when the body adjusts to new stimuli (or rather, tries to adapt). The third phase is exhaustion, when all the defenses attempted by the body no longer hold up and there is a real emotional breakdown.
It is clearly important to read the signs before getting to the last stage. These 3 common symptoms can warn us that we are on the verge of stress and close to nervous breakdown.
How to recognize if our stress load has reached its limit and act before it’s too late
Stress “warns us” through somatization. Put simply, it means that when we reach significant levels of stress the body transforms this stress into physical symptoms. The most obvious and recurrent are migraines, tachycardia, stomach pains. These 3 common symptoms can warn us that we are on the verge of stress and close to exhaustion.
If this symptomatology is repeated often, without us being able to define the cause, perhaps the time has come to change habits.
The most important thing to do to reduce stress is to try to limit the amount of stimuli that caused it. Taking a break from work is an excellent strategy, especially if it is functional to find a balance in everyday life.
It is essential to introduce healthy foods rich in omega-3s into the diet, which directly affect anxiety and neurosis. Equally important is finding time for physical activity, which releases endorphins and regulates the heartbeat, also reconciling the sleep-wake cycle. A widely used practice against stress is yoga, especially for its contemplative and meditative component. Starting to practice it when you are stressed can also be decisive.
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