There's an increasing emphasis these days about holistic health - the concept of taking care of yourself by acknowledging the connection between mind, body, spirit, and emotions. Don't ignore this connection. When we are at our best and feeling great, we have engery and confidence that transfers into the work we do. When we're tired, emotionally drained, or in physical pain, we procrastinate, avoid work, and just muddle through the day. We can all probably relate to the physical aspects that we feel we were are stressed to the max. Don't ignore these signs. Often, our bodies react and hold in the tension, even if think we've moved beyond it. Give some thought to the the vital information that other "parts" of yourself are giving you. When you use only your head, your experience of yourself and the world is more limited. What is your body telling you? Notice the messages your body is giving you. You probably know many of these, but here are some physical signs of stress: * Back pain * Change in appetite * Chest pain * Constipation or diarrhea * Dry mouth * Extreme tiredness * General aches and pains * Headaches * High blood pressure * Insomnia (trouble sleeping) * Lightheadedness * Palpitations (the feeling that your heart is racing) * Sexual problems * Shortness of breath * Stiff neck * Sweating * Upset stomach * Weight gain or loss If you are experiencing some of these signs, you should probably take a time out. Check in with your doctor, and if nothing else is wrong, figure out how to de-stress. Let go of activities that aren't important, ask for help with chores and responsibilities, get a massage, have a long talk with a trusted friend - anything to give your mind and body a break. Why this matters... When you're pulled down by the physical signs of stress, your emotional well-being and spiritual passions will be pulled down as well. To regain a successful and postive outlook, you need to heal your body and your mind.