15 Reasons to Hit the Pause Button

We know you’re already aware, but we are facing unprecedented times. From a global pandemic, to civil unrest, to economic distress, it’s no wonder we’re all facing heaps of unwelcomed stress. From day-to-day, we may think we’ve got it all under control, but as the days turn into weeks, which turn into months, things begin to inadvertently pile up, wreaking havoc on our mental and physical health.

You may have heard that you are your own best advocate and nothing could be more true when it comes to overall health and wellness. You know your body, you know your limits and you may be hearing the warnings and signs of distress, but you’re choosing to ignore them. This is your wake-up call. Don’t go another day ignoring what your body is trying to tell you. Here are a few ways it’s trying to speak to you:

Fatigue

Problems sleeping

Nervousness and scaring easily

Lack of motivation

Frequent colds or illness

Lack of interest in things you once loved

Hair loss

Frequent headaches

Emotional outbursts

Inability to make decisions

Changes in appetite

Chronic pain

Increased heart rate

Gastrointestinal distress

Indigestion or acid reflux symptoms

Changes in libido

An increase in blood pressure (which can be silent)

Excessive sweating

If you are experiencing any of the above changes, be sure to schedule an appointment with your primary care physician. Often just recognizing that things might be “off” is enough to make changes to one’s regular lifestyle and habits, but it never hurts to meet with a healthcare professional who can offer compassion and direction. So today, take some time to tune in and really listen.