Have you ever asked someone how they are doing and they respond with an answer that sounds forced? They might feel forced to answer with a “fine” or “okay” or any similar resemblance because that’s the social norm. However, their body language and their tone might be telling you that there’s something they would like to say and they don’t know how.
While helping others, we must ensure that we are also taking care of ourselves. When we are healthier, we are more likely to be able to help others. By getting restful sleep, eating a balanced diet, getting physical exercise, taking breaks, and having a support system, everyone is more likely to feel less strained.
Whether we help a loved one for a long or shorter period of time, it can take a toll on the caregiver. Creating and maintaining a balanced schedule, leaving time for our own self-care, and balancing emotions are just a few variables.
Whether you have ongoing negative thoughts or not, you likely feel some anxiety throughout your body. This form of stress may be felt regularly and intensely and is a physical symptom of worry.
Stress can be indicated by many physical symptoms, such as, headaches, muscle tension, blurred vision, stomach ailments, sweating, dizziness, confusion, racing heart, shallow breathing, shakiness, restlessness, etc.
About The Author: Megan Bowling, M.A., LMFT is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in California. She has been in the mental health field for more than ten years. Megan's specialties include: anxiety, trauma, life changes, mood, relationships, and school challenges.