You are right on! My body has forgotten how to relax. It's like I've been on autopilot for years - constantly on the move, working, taking care of my family, dealing with the stress of my husband's illness, and anything else that's thrown my way (just like everyone else!!). I could feel this coming on over the last few weeks since things became more stressful before the holidays. The stress and anxiety has now hit me like a load of bricks, and I'm having a challenge feeling back to normal. It's a little scary to me, I don't think I've ever experienced stress/anxiety to this level before (physiologically), and that is a warning sign to me. I'd better start doing something differently.
I hope I can get my stress levels lowered and stay more in control of how my emotions affect me. I've been advised that I can do this and find other ways to manage the stress (yes, with yoga or meditation, new exercise regimen, etc...), but things at home with my husband need to even out as well. And I have to learn how to react to him (or not react..) differently. I have a lot of work to do.
I am curious to know if anyone on this forum has ever become very ill because of ongoing stress, or is that something that gets you after it's been going on a long time and then it's hard to determine what the cause is. I am such an advocate for taking care of ourselves, for some reason it's just hard for me to do right now. Ugh!
Thank you, Serafena...
It is easy to see why you would think you would have Chronic stress. When you are constantly walking the edge of a cliff waiting for the ground to give out, all the while carrrying all the other weights of life with you, yep you get a little tense. I'm no doc but I'm sure that any one of them would tell you that this much constant stress is not good for body, mind, or soul. There could be physical as well as mental problems from the continued stress. I know with myself I have started having a lot of physical problems just in the past year. May just be a coincedence beause I am getting older (will turn 39 in a few months) or it may be because of the stress, or who knows what, just kind of odd that it all came on this past year when I have never had any medical problems to speak of before. My wife has even commented before of how I am just falling apart all at once.
You got a lot on your plate right now, be sure to take some "me time" to take care of yourself, unwind & clear your head. You will feel better for it.
Stay in touch,