Last week I gave you some insights into some of the main causes of everyday stress. I’m hoping you were able to do some reflection to find out some of the triggers you might be experiencing. Once you know what is stressing you and can address the problem(s), you will be in a better mindset to handle your day better: to take on more, to structure your time, and to not lose your mind doing it.
But before we get there, there are some people out there who really don’t understand the severity of the effects stress, especially chronic stress, can have on your body and your mind. And others have come to accept the “reality” that stress is normal, everyone is stressed, and thats just how it will always be.
There is true peace, contentment, and joy. It IS possible. But if you make a choice to just live in your stress, there are many short-term and long-term affects, some which are very serious.
How does stress affect you mentally?
When you get stressed for “no reason” (meaning there’s no imminent threat of danger or loss), your mind will almost immediately be affected. You may experience any of the following:
- loss of judgment/decision making abilities
- loss of your joy/overall disappointment
- inability to focus or deal with distractions
- making you feel anxious, frustrated, or angry
- Making you feel depressed, unable to work, and unwillingness to be around others
As a mom, any of those things will throw off whole days, even weeks, and not only do I suffer, but my kids do. They don’t get my full (or even partial attention), its easier for me to express anger and disappointment rather than love or enjoyment. As a business owner, this will trickle down to those below you. When you let stress take over in the moment, you lose productivity, you become brash with your coworkers, and cause the spirit of anxiety to spread throughout your work place.
But what happens if you continually leave the stress unchecked? Here are some of the long-term, emotional affects stress can and will have on you:
- “Worrying and feeling anxious
- Possible anxiety disorders or panic attacks
- Feeling out of control, overwhelmed, confused, and/or unable to make decisions
- Experiencing mood changes such as depression, frustration, anger, helplessness, irritability, defensiveness, irrationality, overreaction, or impatience and restlessness
- Increasing dependence on food, cigarettes, alcohol, drugs, or other dangerous habits
- Neglecting important things in life such as work, school, personal appearance, or even family/friends/other relationships
- Developing irrational fears of things such as physical illnesses, natural disasters like thunderstorms and earthquakes, and even being terrified of ordinary situations like heights or small spaces”
Living a life full of anxiety, paranoia, and frustration does not sound like any kind of life to me. If you are stressed before even going into work, letting every situation make your anxiety worse, and then stressing out as you leave about the things that happened, that didn’t happen, or that will happen, your career and/or your business will fail. Stress will eat away at you mentally, stealing focus and energy you could be putting into your business. You cannot succeed if you are always stressed. You will not be happy if you don’t know anything but a stressful life.
You have to make a conscious decision to not let yourself get stressed when things get busy, to not get overwhelmed when things don’t go as planned, and to not let anxiety become the basis of your “normal” mood. Otherwise, not only are feeling and suffering from some immediate side effects, but stress will literally drive you crazy after a while. You have to learn to cope.
What kind of mental, emotional effects have you felt from stress in your life? Were they short-term effects or after prolonged exposure to anxiety? Have you ever worked for someone that you could tell was just stressed all the time? How did they affect the workplace?
In the upcoming weeks, we will continue learning about stress and its effects and then how to deal with it. Because I really want to show you guys you can do more with your time, but even if you know every time management, task management, productivity trick in the book, if you cannot deal with everyday situations, you will never make the most of your time and you will never be truly happy. That’s my hope, that all of you feel like you are taking back your day. That you are feeling complete Peace of Time.