Stress, Anxiety and your Health

Today I have been doing a lot of thinking about the effects of stress and anxiety and the outcome on ones health. Now I want to make it very clear that I am not a doctor nor have I had any medical training, but my thoughts come more from my own personal experiences and what I have witnessed with friends and family.
I’m sure everyone has been in a position where to they have had to go into work and put that fake smile on because “it’s part of your uniform”. And from a business/management standpoint, I get it. Customers don’t want to do their business at a place where people look miserable. But form a personal standpoint, this has to be one of the most exhausting things to do. I have faked my way being “happy” all day to the point where I literally started to cry once I left work because I simply had nothing left in me to give. Trust me, this is not fair to yourself or anyone around you, whether it be friends, family or a significant other. I have dreaded going into work so bad that I made myself feel sick to my stomach and while I was at work I would have dizzy spells. Through it all, I have learned that you need to listen to your body…to the gut feeling or in my case and the case of many other people i know, the actual physical reaction you are experiencing.
Through my 20 years as a hairstylist I know first hand the effects of stress on ones body. I have seen many clients who had lost hair due to stress. Believe me, all your health problems can be seen eventually through your hair. People can lose hair evenly though out or in patches which create bald spots, or their hair can become brittle and lack luster. Test can be done through the hair to see what kind of medication people have been taking or drugs they have used. This is just one example of how stress can effect the body.
I realize that many times there is not a quick and easy fix to stress, but my point it that your need to look after yourself. That it’s OK to be selfish when it comes to your personal health. It’s OK to take time for yourself. To re-group. I have literally gotten into a car before and started to drive. I had no idea where I was headed, I just knew I needed some time to myself. I ended up driving 4 hour and found a relaxing campsite where I spend the next few days alone in the trees. May sound crazy to some but it was what I needed and I didn’t care what other people thought. If you are anything like me then being selfish, even for your own well-being is terribly difficult, but I have discovered that is so incredibly important.