“I’m stressed.” How often have you said or thought this? At least once in your life, I bet. There are many reasons why you could feel stressed. An example of this is exam stress, which is something I have recently experienced.
I was working towards my Level 5 Sport and Remedial Massage diploma. Even though I worked hard all year, I still wondered if I had done enough to guarantee a pass. And with English not being my first language, I was anxious (as anyone would be) about the written part of the exam, especially as I needed to include many anatomical terminologies.
However, I decided not to allow my exam stress to overwhelm me. Instead, I explored many interesting techniques to deal with stress. And this is what I will be sharing with you today.
What is stress?
Stress is the feeling of being overwhelmed by situations or events in your life. It’s normal to feel under pressure at times. However, if it leaves you struggling to cope with life, then that’s when you will experience negative effects on your mind, body, and behaviour.
To know what negative effects to look out for, I’ve listed some signs below.
The effects of stress on your body include:
• Upset stomach
• Muscle tension or pain
• Chest pain
• Sleep problems
• Panic attacks
The effects of stress on your mind include:
• Lack of motivation
• Feeling overwhelmed
• Irritability or anger
• Feeling neglected or lonely
The effects of stress on your behavior include: