I don’t know about you, but when I’m stressed you better not call me and try to sell me something or guilt me into giving my money to some cause I don’t care about.
Stress makes me a head biter. I often read about the effects of stress on my body…it makes me fat, my neck hurts and I catch every cold that someone coughs my way.
What we sometimes miss is how stress causes knee-jerk reactions. Either you are a fighter or a flighter. Flighters will shut down and check out. Fighters, like me, will bite the heads off of anyone who pops up.
Stress can be seen in sarcasm, micromanaging, second-guessing decisions, interrupting, abruptly ending conversations, and forgetting to be gracious to people just doing their jobs.
IF you find yourself doing these things, it’s time to take a breath, bring yourself back into the present moment and force yourself to smile. Smiling will actually enhance the flow of “happy chemicals” in the brain, counteracting the nasty adrenalin and cortisol causing the stress in your body.
If you really don’t feel like smiling, then at least find something to think about that will put your mind somewhere else for a moment, like looking at pictures of your last vacation, your pets or your children, unless that would stress you even more.
Keep a watch on your stress not just for the harmful effects on your body, but also on your relationships.