For many of us, being tired, stressed and overworked has become a way of life. Some people even wear their long hours and grueling schedules like a badge of honor. We may not feel the effects right away, but they eventually catch up and signal us that we need to slow down. Here are some signs that your body and mind need a time out.
Your physical health is failing
When overworked, you’re more like to fall prey to colds, headaches, nausea, fatigue and general body aches and pains. Too much stress can also increase your blood pressure and weaken your immune system, leading to even greater potential for illness.
Your appetite is out of whack
Food is more than just nourishment … it’s medicine. It’s important to fuel your body every day with foods that nourish and energize. When stressed and fatigued, your brain initially tries to shut hunger down. Long periods of stress, however, result in your brain releasing hormones that interfere with healthy eating. An increase in cortisol (the stress hormone) can result in more hunger and cravings for foods high in fat and sugar.
You’re super stressed
Things you typically enjoy are suddenly annoying and irritating. If your favorite activities (and people!) feel bothersome, there’s a good chance you need a break. Chronic stress can lead to depression, anxiety, high blood pressure and put you at risk for serious health issues, so listen to your body and implement your favorite relaxation technique into your daily routine.
Decreased desire for intimacy
Intimacy is a key component to a healthy life. It builds trust and those undeniable connections we make that impact our lives and health the most. When stressed, your brain stops producing enough of the chemicals responsible for your sex drive. If you’ve lost that lovin’ feeling, some good sleep and relaxation can get help bring it back.
You feel moody
Pay attention to your emotional state. If you notice that you’re depressed, anxious or have a shorter fuse than usual, you might need a break. Brain fog and difficulty concentrating can also indicate that some rest is in order.
Be your own Health Hero by recognizing the signs and taking some time out for some much-needed self-care.
Remember to make healthy living a part of every day!
The light in me honors the light in you. Namaste. – Dr. Nandi
- Use food as medicine. Nourish your body and soul with delicious foods that can boost your mood while keeping you fueled and energized.
- Identify your stress triggers. Then, implement strategies for dealing with them like scheduling breaks throughout your day, going for a walk, yoga or heartfulness meditation.
- Lean on your tribe. Talk to your loved ones and vent when you’re feeling overwhelmed. This act of sharing can help reduce your stress and protect your physical and mental health.