As we live, work, raise families, have relationships and try to continue to take care of ourselves, maintaining balance isn't always easy. It's an always evolving process and often we end up tipped to one side in a way that is problematic. You will know it's problematic when there are persistent unhealthy consequences to you and your relationships.
Do you work so much there is little time for the important people in your life? Is your effort to do and be everything for your family sabotaging self-care? Are you emotionally or physically exhausted? In order to be the best you can be in all areas of your life, it's important to remember to put your oxygen mask on first. Otherwise you run the risk of burn out and not showing up in the way you would like to for your husband, wife, kids, extended family or friends. And it can tip into anxiety, becoming possibly more problematic.
A little stress is normal and actually helps your body cope with potentially serious situations. Your body responds to stress by releasing hormones that increase your heart and breathing rates to help your muscles be ready to respond. However, extended or chronic stress can be impactful on your health leading to irritability, insomnia, depression and anxiety. The stress hormones adrenaline and cortisol can tax your heart, impact digestion, create muscle tension and weaken your immune system.
I help people get clarity around the connection between how they are conducting their lives and issues around stress and anxiety. You may have an idea about the causes which is a great start but it's often optimally useful to understand any unhealthy drivers to your behavior to be better able to make lasting changes.
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