Yesterday we talked about two of the top five signs that your budget is causing too much anxiety-disrupted sleep pattern and drinking more than usual. We have three more to cover. Hopefully you will pick up some tips to help calm the storm inside of you.
Sign #3: A sense of panic. Stress can cause our bodies to naturally tense up. You may feel tightness in the chest, dizziness or difficulty in breathing. Please check with your physician if you experience shortness of breath, chest pain or any of the mentioned symptoms to be sure there is no medical issue.
The fix for this one is really cool. Grab a bottle of bubbles and blow through the wand. You can only create a bubble if you are not blowing too hard or too soft. The key is to normalize your breathing. A slow, deep, cleansing breath in through the nose and out through the mouth will help. So will visualization. Imagine breathing in a beautiful healing color and exhaling a stressful color. Go ahead and try it; it may work for you!
Sign #4: Snapping at your kids or significant other. Loved ones always get the brunt of our heightened stress and anxiety levels.
Do a self check on this one. If there is lots of chaos in your house, you may need private time to unwind. Otherwise, find ways to reconnect. Family recreation and exercise is always a healthy and fun distraction from anxiety and stress, and you will become closer as you interact!
Sign #5: You’re drinking way too much coffee. It’s natural to turn to caffeine when you feel that you need a lift. However, the extra caffeine may cause you to become agitated, and can also keep you awake at night.
Remember that giving up caffeine can cause headaches. Start slowly by using a half decaf blend or just cutting the amount of cups per day. Maybe herbal teas at night will soothe you into a restful night slumber.
Hope these tips gave you an idea or two that will help you through these stressful times. Some things are out of your control, as in the stock market, economy or even your job security. Focus on the things that are in your control and you will feel the anxiety levels drop back down.
Think happy thoughts and focus on the positive. We are all in this together!