It's easy to dismiss stress as not serious. It's true that stress is part of everyone's life, but unless you have a method to release it, it can become serious. Take a look at these 50 symptoms of stress from the American Institute of Stress, and see how many you recognize.
Firstly, acknowledge feelings of stress. They're nothing to be ashamed of, they don't mean you're weak. They are simply warning signs telling you to slow down, and find ways to achieve balance.
It's much better to take a day off work now, than having to stop work altogether because your body can't continue any longer. There are many illnesses, such as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, where you have lost any choice over how much overtime you work. When you have absolutely no energy, and you're stuck in bed, then you will have plenty of time to find ways to relax and manage stress.
If you can't imagine how impossible it is to force yourself to move when you have CFS, and your energy levels are at rock bottom - picture being told that George Clooney, or Mila Kunis is waiting at the foot of your stairs with flowers and chocolates . . . and you can't even leave your bed.
Before you reach that stage, look at each area of your life, and if you find you're under too much pressure - decide if it's worth it. Working harder for a month to catch up on your debt might be worthwhile, but pushing yourself to the point of exhaustion just because you want a new car, or an expensive holiday isn't.
Once you incorporate stress management into your daily routine, you will feel so much better. It's far more than just an exercise in relaxation, if you choose ZPoint you will discover how it improves your whole life. Once you are able to experience effortless peace and calm, you can see each issue clearly, and you will find solutions which elude you when your mind is in turmoil.
Don't try to ignore stress, because it will catch up with you, whether it is with a gentle tap on the shoulder, or with a heavy hammer!
"Stress is the trash of modern life — we all generate it but if you don't dispose of it properly, it will pile up and overtake your life." ~ Terri Guillemets
"Taking time out each day to relax and renew is essential to living well." ~ Judith Hanson Lasater