In today’s society, we are living in high demand, two parent working homes, more activities than you know what to do with, a TDL that goes on an on, but we are not feeling stressed right … WRONG!
Just writing this list made me feel a little tense, so imagine living it day-to-day.
So What exactly is stress?
Stress is a natural physical and mental reaction to both good and bad experiences that can be beneficial to your health and safety. Your body responds to stress by releasing hormones and increasing your heart and breathing rates. Your brain gets more oxygen, giving you an edge in responding to a problem. In the short-term, stress helps you cope with tough situations.
Stress can be triggered by the pressures of everyday responsibilities at work and at home. As you might expect, negative life events like divorce or the death of a loved one cause stress. So can physical illness. Traumatic stress, brought on by war, disaster, or a violent attack, can keep your body’s stress levels elevated far longer than is necessary for survival.
What harmful effects does it have on the body?
So How Do You limit stress?
Here are some helpfull tips and tricks to reduce and limit stresses in your life.
First write down the top 5 items in your life causing you the most stress. Now you are aware of what they are and can create a game plan to fix them and purge!
I have been doing this more in my own life lately and have been astounded by the effects stress was having on my body.
I feel that I LOVE my job, I get to wake up help people feel good about themselves … but I wasn’t doing a good job of controlling my stress or taking time for rejuvenation for my mind and body.
My body started reacting in a negative way. I was having horrible stomach issues, my hair was thinning out, I had anxiety, was always uptight, my body was not functioning at all cylinders and my habits needed to change.
I started by doing the same exercise I told you to do; I wrote down the top 5 areas I needed to prune so I could get my body back to feeling great!
I am still working on this .. I know that it will not happen over night, but I have put a plan of attack and even having a plan makes the stress dwindle down.
I am working on this daily and finding new innovative ways to not allow the stress to take over and win. I have incorporated meditation (and want to do more), not trying to cram so much in the 24 hour period. Being a better time manager, not feeling guilty for taking time to decompress and unwind, and having more “fun” and “play” time.
You have one life to live, and you can choose to live it wound up at all times, or you can stop and enjoy the fresh air and all the wonders that each day has to offer!
What are some creative ways you deal with stress Fit Ones?
Post in the comments below ..