A high score on the tension scale indicates a chronic level of physical and emotional tension. Those who take time to relax and release inner tension do much better physically and emotionally than those who fail to engage in such behavior. Stressmasters have a higher quality of life than those who do not or will not “let go.”
If you scored medium to high on this scale, you probably engage in a behavioral style that is not conducive to effective stress management. If you can find more time to relax, you will counteract the negative effect of stress. Learn how to relax your body and emotions by focusing your attention on more peaceful thoughts.
Being tense and finding little or no time to relax is an important stress indicator. The value you place on taking time for yourself determines whether you are a relaxed person in a tense world.
Tense people often feel incredible levels of guilt about taking it easy and being good to themselves. Prolonged tension can cause muscle aches, pain, and fatigue. Back and headache pain are the most common physical symptoms of too much stress and tension.
Other symptoms include the following:
Pain and disease
Poor decision making
Reduced physical energy
Lower quality of work
Tendency to avoid others
Tense people rarely take lunch breaks, read books, or take a walk. So what can you do to help yourself?
Take time for you!
Ask yourself: “Am I giving too much to others and not enough for myself? Do I need to take time to pamper myself?” If the answers are “yes,” refuse to feel guilty about it and do it!