Stress is something that not only affects our emotional wellbeing but also our physical health. When we experience stress, it takes a toll on our bodies. This is definitely something that has affected me as well. Over the past couple years, I had worked in community mental health and experienced high levels of stress. I was also recovering from a couple of traumatic incidents that had happened to me. It was during that time that I began to experience stress hives, took time off to prioritize my health, and then pursue private practice so that I was more in control of my lifestyle. I haven't looked back since.
Our bodies will tell on us if we are stressed out. It will communicate to us in different ways to call out for help. Here are some of the signs that your stress levels may be taking a toll on you:
Skin irritations: hives, eczema, acne, rashes
Weekend immune system
Increased anxiety & depression
If you are experiencing any of this, your body is communicating a message to you. It would be helpful to pause, re-evaluate different areas of your life to make realistic adjustments, and seek support. Our bodies are wise but also need rest, nourishment, and care.