Nikki Veliz | Meditation Coach & Yoga Teacher

The 1 Thing You Need To Know About Stress

Everyone experiences stress differently.

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I have a background in nursing and public health and yet…I didn’t realize I was stressed until my growing chest pain got me to the doctor! Clearly, things had gotten out of control.

I wanted to share that with you to emphasize that everyone experiences stress differently. And sometimes it’s hard to recognize you’re stressed! It’s always easier to see when other people are stressed though right?!

Here are some common (but not all!) symptoms of being stressed. Read through this list and take note of how many symptoms you have:

  • Memory problems
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Poor judgment
  • Seeing only the negative
  • Anxious or racing thoughts
  • Constant worrying
  • Moodiness
  • Irritability or short temper
  • Agitation, inability to relax
  • Feeling overwhelmed
  • Sense of loneliness and isolation
  • Depression or general unhappiness
  • Aches and pains
  • Diarrhea or constipation
  • Nausea, dizziness
  • Chest pain, rapid heartbeat
  • Loss of sex drive
  • Frequent colds
  • Eating more or less
  • Sleeping too much or too little
  • Isolating yourself from others
  • Procrastinating or neglecting responsibilities
  • Using alcohol, cigarettes, or drugs to relax
  • Nervous habits (e.g. nail biting, pacing)

If you’re nodding your head to some of these symptoms, you might be experiencing stress.

Firstly, don’t beat yourself up about it. It’s simply time to do something about your stress levels.

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This article doesn’t replace medical advice. Meditation was my ‘secret tool’ out of a highly stressful life event but I also went to the doctor for medical advice. Some of these symptoms could be pointing to other health issues so do go and get checked out by a qualified health professional.

Source of symptoms: Jeanne Segal, Ph.D., Melinda Smith, M.A., Robert Segal, M.A., and Lawrence Robinson. Last updated: May 2016.


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