The reality of stress is that we all deal with it everyday whether we’re old or young, lofty thinkers or practical doers. The person you may know who is a practiced meditator or the yogi that radiates peace is going through stress as well, it is inescapable. We have to learn how to deal with these uncomfortable and distracting symptoms.
Yoga and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction
Who can benefit from Yoga? Several studies have shown Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can improve their symptoms and quality of sleep. Employees with work related stress can benefit to enhance their levels of calmness, serenity, and happiness. Even children can participate to teach them calmness and work on academic-related stress.
A quick search for the symptoms of stress pulls up the WebMD page on this topic, where the list of possible symptoms includes:
Upset stomach, including diarrhea, constipation and nausea
Aches, pains, and tense muscles
Chest pain and rapid heartbeat
Frequent colds and infections
Loss of sexual desire and/or ability
Beyond these physical symptoms, stress can also have a big impact on your emotions and general mood.
Stress.org describes a few of the mental or emotional symptoms of mounting stress:
Difficulty concentrating, racing thoughts
Trouble learning new information
Forgetfulness, disorganization, confusion
Difficulty in making decisions
Feeling overloaded or overwhelmed
Frequent crying spells or suicidal thoughts
Feelings of loneliness or worthlessness
Little interest in appearance, punctuality
Nervous habits, fidgeting, feet tapping
Increased frustration, irritability, edginess
Overreaction to petty annoyances
“Stressed spelled backwards is desserts.”
Stress is inevitable in life, this we know. But we should remind ourselves that succumbing to the negative symptoms of stress is not going to help. We have to change our mindset about stress so we can find ways to grow out of the situation instead of getting swallowed whole from it.