Chronic Stress Impacts your Fertility and Hormones – Free test
Chronic stress is a silent disease, but how do you know if you’re struggling with it and what can you do to improve?
I myself have suffered from chronic stress. About two years ago when Covid-19 started, I had a stressful job, a non-empathetic manager, I was dealing with the ups and downs of sleep deprivation and breastfeeding, and my partner used to work a lot of hours.
I was feeling exhausted and pretty unsatisfied all the time. I wasn’t feeling myself as I was very negative and angry most of the time. In addition, it was hard for me to find free time to take care of myself as we live away from our families and have very little support. Back then, I thought this is how motherhood is supposed to be, and I was wrong!
Three months went by and quarantine hit us, my body was so stressed that it couldn’t take it any longer. I started suffering from muscle pain, developed gastrointestinal symptoms, and had migraines almost every day. I started seeing dark spots on my skin and I was tired all the time.
I decided to ask for help and it took me almost a full year to recover and realized what had happened. Stress is a positive reaction in our bodies, so we avoid getting hit by a car o can react to dangerous situations. However, stress has become so common that we are constantly stimulating our hormones to react and respond to danger when there is no need for it. As a result, we become chronically stressed!
So what signs should you look for?
1. Do you feel tired all the time?
2. Are you constantly moody, depressed, or anxious?
3. Do you have any physical symptoms that have developed or exacerbated lately?
4. Is your period regular or has it changed?
5. Are you constantly ill or injured after exercising?
6. Do you have any rashes, stomach symptoms, or migraines?
If you want to find out more about how stressed you are answer this quick TEST.
HOW TO READ YOUR TEST RESULTS:
- If your score is equal to or lower than 20/73 – this means you’re managing. Keep doing what you’re doing.
- If your score is equal to or higher than 30/73 – this means that you should take action and start introducing strategies to manage your stress.
- If your score is equal to or higher than 40/73 you should seek help and start your recovery process.
What can you do?
Take intentional breaks.
Do your research and find out strategies that help you manage your stress.
If you want to learn more about how coaching can help you put your stress under control. Take a look at this article.
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