Stress and Irritability – Are you suffering from stress and irritability? What causes it and what can you do to feel more like your old self.
Stress and Irritability is draining, causes rows and can make us unhappy.
Quite often stress and irritability go hand in hand – even if you don’t quite recognise the symptoms yourself. So if you are being accused of being a little irritable or short-tempered here are some simple actions you can take to make sure that stress and irritability are not taking their toll on you or those around you.
And remember – as I have said before, as a busy mum it is important that you look after yourself – as otherwise how can you possibly continue to look after everyone else.
How to define whether you are suffering from stress and irritability.
There is good stress – which can be described as the background stress that makes up our day-to-day lives. This kind of stress keeps us on our toes, motivates us and leaves us with energy and focus.
Then there is negative stress, which is where we feel unchallenged or maybe suppressed or dis-empowered. This kind of stress is not good and can cause health related problems without us actually being able to identify quite why we should feel stressed or irritable.
And finally there is good stress which turns into stress overload. Too much to do, too many things going on, not enough time to yourself etc.
How Stress and Irritability Can Affect You
Stress raises the level of cortisol which can cause high blood pressure, and if severe and over a long time can lead to heart disease. Increased cortisol can also lead to fat around your middle.
If you have an upset tummy or IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), it will get worse when you are stressed.
Stress can cause insomnia, and of course lack of sleep is not good for long-term health and definitely makes most people short-tempered and irritable.
Skin problems like psoriasis and eczema, even mouth ulcers and cold sores can flare up when we are stressed
So recognising that you are suffering from negative stress or overload stress is important to acknowledge and take action on.
Tips on How to Overcome Stress and Irritability
Work out what is causing you to feel stressed and irritable. Ask yourself what changes you can make in your lifestyle that may make life a little easier. For example if you find yourself arriving late everywhere, then try to allow more time and leave earlier. If you keep trying to just cram one more thing into your day, then schedule less – and ask yourself do you really need to do this.
If you are suffering from negative stress – and it is something you are powerless to do anything about. For example you maybe worried about redundancy, or have a problem with your boss at work, then it really would pay to talk to a friend about it. A problem shared is a problem halved. Another good therapy is to try writing down your problems and have a brain storming session to try and identify some realistic solutions.
Alternatively try to think of ten things that is good about your difficult situation. What doors may it open – what have you learnt from it…. this may sound a strange thing to do. But if you can find ten good things about this stuff that is contributing to your stress and irritability – it will change your thinking and that will change the way you feel.
Physical Things You Can Do to Overcome Stress and Irritability
Make sure you are eating well. Cut down the caffeine and chocolate that give you the false highs. Eat small regular meals and drink plenty of water
Exercise regularly. This can be walking, going to the gym or even dancing around the lounge. Regular exercise releases feel good hormones and definitely will help overcome irritability attacks.
- Take fifteen minutes out just for yourself everyday.
- Try to have a daily relaxing bath.
- Lose yourself if a feel good movie or book.
- Listen to music you love that makes you recall happy times in your life
Do all the above and you will have a lot more energy and a lot less stress in your life. But if that still does not work – it might just be worth taking a trip to your GP.
And finally if you are feeling stressed and irritable remember you owe it to yourself and those around you to make the changes which will help you not just be happier but healthier and have more fun as well.