And, discover and how to destress
So, now you’ve clearly been feeling stressed for no reason for too long. That’s no doubt why you’ve turned to the internet to see why, and what you can do about it.
I wouldn’t be surprised if you’ve become somewhat fearful of that feeling that’s likely to creep up on you out of the blue. You don’t understand, and it may have already got in the way of you running your every-day-life.
I’d like you to read this article in conjunction with my article on anxiety for no reason because both articles contain not-to-be-missed information if you want to beat stress.
In this article on feeling stressed for no reason, you’ll discover:
- 5 important questions to get a basic insight
- 8 factors that can make you more, or less, likely to suffer from stress
- 11 things that undermine your resilience
- 16 signs and symptoms of stress
- A quick explanation of the effect of stress on your body/mind
- 8 ways to de-stress
- 3 effective steps for beating stress for no reason
So, let’s start by ruling out the following…
Why you’re feeling stressed for no reason
- Have you had a lot on your mind recently – ‘too much going on’?
- Have you been through some difficult times with personal, work or relationship problems?
- Have you been having significant health problems?
- Looking back, would you say that you’ve not been feeling yourself for some time?
- Do you consider yourself reasonably resilient, but now the least upset seems to hit you harder?
The first three points are likely causing you to feel overwhelmed at times (or even all of the time). The latter two are the probable results and are signs that the demands on you outstrip your resources.
And then there are the less obvious things that contribute to you feeling stressed ‘for no reason’.
8 FACTORS that can make you more, or less, likely stressed for no reason
- Your perception of the stressors (the things that really bother you), rather than their precise nature
- The length of time you’re exposed to a stressful situation
- Your personality
- Your developmental history – mental, physical and spiritual (includes, of course, childhood adversity)
- Your family history
- Your genes (remember though, that you can ‘switch’ genes on and off through lifestyle choices!) What is known as gene regulation allows your cells to react quickly to changes in the environment.
- Your diet
- Your immediate environment
So, how serious is your situation? Read on…
The following ten points you’re unlikely to ever have considered as stressful to your body/mind…
List of stressors
Other words for stressors are annoyances, triggers, irritations, nuisances. Mirriam Webster describes a stressor as a stimulus that causes stress.
11 types of stressors
- Environmental pollutants – think thereby of air-, water- and light pollution
- Noise – also an environmental pollutant, but worth listing separately. Some people are naturally more sensitive to noise than others, BUT there is a limit to what’s healthy (see Lowertheboom.org)
- Excessive exercise is a stressor!
- Poor food choices – fresh, wholesome produce v processed foods
- Food intolerances and allergies, malabsorption (nutrients are poorly absorbed), maldigestion (poor digestion)
- Disruption of the ‘natural’ light cycle. You may not have control over your shifts, but you do have control over your use of the internet and TV!
- Insufficient sleep is also a stressor – either because you stretch the time you stay awake, or because you suffer from sleep deprivation for other reasons
- Dehydration – your body consists of about 60% water if you’re a man and 70% if you’re a woman, so, of course, it’s going to be stressed if it’s dehydrated!
- Exposure to extreme hot or cold, or damp
- Poor work/life balance, work problems – such as too much at work, troubled relationships, and personal- or relationship problems
Social media and stress
So, if you’re feeling stressed without any apparent reason, you can see there are plenty of opportunities for you to make life more difficult than it perhaps already is.
The good news, therefore, is that you can at the very least provide your body/mind with some stress relief by tackling the above issues.
The effects of stress on your body/mind
Below, you’ll find a list of some of the most common signs of stress. Do bear in mind though, that these can all also indicate other health problems. Therefore, I’d really like you to have a medical checkup, just in case there’s something more serious lurking.
16 SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF STRESS
- Feeling tired, even after minimal efforts (physical or mental)
- Waking up feeling tired, starting off your day worrying and feeling depressed
- Being troubled by unpleasant or excessive dreaming (see: How to effectively interpret your dreams)
- Feeling depressed (see: my online depression questionnaire)
- Constant worrying about what could happen and not being good enough
- Irritability, frustration, anger
- Difficulty concentrating, ‘brain fog’ – you simply can’t think straight
- Sleep problems – racing thoughts – thinking the worst, and endless ‘to-do’ lists, keep you from falling- and staying asleep (see: The best natural sleep remedies)
- Surviving on coffee to get you through the day
- Vague or recognisable health problems
- Hair loss from stress
- Unexplained chest pains (do get a medical checkup!)
- Weight loss from stress
- Anxiety and panic attacks (see: How to stop an anxiety attack in its tracks)
- Crying ‘for no reason’
Just in case you haven’t already informed yourself about what stress really is, here’s a quick rundown of what happens in your body.
How stress affects your body/mind
Your adrenal glands are the heroes of your moment-by-moment response to pressure and stress.
- They are the size of a walnut and sit left and right at the top of your kidneys (in your back, just above your waist)
- They make and secrete adrenaline (epinephrine), cortisol – the ‘stress hormone’ and other hormones.
- They turn processes automatically up and down 24/7 depending on need.
However, when the demands on you outstrip your resources, your adrenal glands, like two members of your 24/7 personal protection team, step up their protective processes. They’re now constantly alert. They’re beginning to feel the strain because they were designed in ancient times for short bouts of stress only to help you escape from marauding animals,
So, after a prolonged and highly stressful situation or event, the demand on your adrenal glands is above that which they were meant to do. No wonder then that your body/mind begins to buckle!
How to de-stress
For starters – download this free worksheet to help ensure you’re taking good care of yourself…
Free printable worksheet
And here are 8 ways to reduce the times you feel stressed for no reason:
1. Change the perception of your stress
Listen to the language you use to describe what happens to you.
Do you say something like: “I had an awful day” or do you say: “I had to deal with a difficult incident that day”.
Do you say: “I’m feeling awful”, or “I’m getting a headache”.
See what I’m getting at? Your body/mind responds more severely to the first statement than it does to the latter. Are you perhaps making life more difficult for yourself? You can manage your stress by changing the way you perceive what happens to you.
2. Changing the length of time you’re exposed to stress
You may or may not have control over that, but again you can certainly deal with it better if you can accept that you can’t change it and just get on with it. Sometimes you just have to accept that it is what it is.
3. Changing your personality?
Are you, have you always been a worrier? Do you consider that to be a part of who you are? Well, maybe you don’t need to. The cause of you feeling stressed may not necessarily be completely psychological. Hop over to my article on anxiety for no reason.
4. Coming to terms with your personal history
You may have suffered childhood adversity, had a rough time at college or uni, had a traumatic experience or were in a bad relationship. This may have caused you to be continuously on your guard. That means that your body/mind starts off being stressed even before you get up in the morning, leaving little spare capacity to deal with whatever’s waiting for you.
5. Coming to terms with your family history
Your family history is what it is, but researchers are now investigating to what extent any trauma suffered by your parents may be impacting your physical and mental health.
You may be able to reduce that background level of stress somewhat by getting some insight into your family history. It may help you put your own experience into a different context.
6. Changing gene expression
This ties in with the first 5 points. Yes, your parents may well have been anxious types and led stressful lives. You may well have what is called a genetic predisposition to anxiety and stress sensitivity. However, we now know that you can switch your genes on and off depending on your diet and lifestyle.
7. Change your diet
For fruit and vegetables – eat at least what you recognise as growing naturally – no processed foods (stuff that’s reconstituted in factories).
8. Connect with nature
“Taking at least 20 minutes out of your day to stroll or sit in a place that makes you feel in contact with nature will significantly lower your stress hormone levels.”
ScienceDaily, 04 Apr. 2019. Web. 29 Sept. 2019.
Keep in mind that your body/mind was designed for life as it was thousands of years ago – for short exposures to stressful situations. So, you’ll easily see why I’m recommending the following stress relief measures, as we were unlikely to be exposed to those stresses in ancient times:
- Pen and paper
- Mobile phone or another listening device
- Willingness to change
- Inform yourself and get help
- Visit your doctor to get a proper diagnosis. If you already take any medication, have them review your meds as they too can cause you to feel stressed and anxious. If your doctor prescribes any drugs, be sure to do your research.
- Familiarise yourself with Dr Kelly Brogan's work.
- Get advice from a licensed therapist for immediate relief
- Revisit the list of 10 stressors
and make a note of those you can begin to tackle immediately. That way you'll be supporting your body/mind instead of undermining it.
- Consider behavioural changes
- Stop the stimulants: cigarettes, sugar, coffee, strong tea, chocolate, diet drinks (sweeteners are neurotoxins) and anything else containing aspartame
- Learn to say "no" - feeling 'put upon' is particularly stressful
- Rest whenever you can whilst using a hypnosis download - it's an effective relaxation technique, super user-friendly and cost-effective. For further information, see my article Hypnosis Downloads FAQ.
- Stop 'having to' - you have choices and now you're already showing signs of stress it's even more important to understand that if you carry on doing the same, the outcome is going to be the same
Also, if you want to beat stress, think about ditching any perfectionism - give up on wanting everything to be 'just so'. Doing so might cause you some anxiety in the short-term, but believe me - it's going to save you heaps of stress in the long run.
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I hope you now understand how many factors contribute to your body/mind being under stress. So, if you’re suffering from stress for no reason, there’s likely plenty going on in your life you have no control over.
However, the good news is, of course, that there are things you can do to reduce stress. It’s time, therefore, to take action. Just hoping and wishing that it will go away isn’t going cut it. You need to find out what’s at the bottom of it and take control to stop it starting to control you.
I really hope you can get a grip on the situation and I hope that with this article I have been able to motivate you to take some steps in the right direction. :-)
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