You know what it’s like to wake up late for work, rush through your shower, rush through getting dressed, and then rush through traffic? What about a missed appointment, a meal that did not come out as you ordered it, even something as simple as a commercial or TV show you don’t like playing on your TV- these are all reasons for stress. The build up of stress afflicts your body AND your mind. This puts your health at risk.
Stress is a leading cause of many health issues. Long-term stress can result in consistent headaches, stomach disorders, and even depression. Strokes and heart disease can also be a result of serious stress. Just think of all the benefits for your body if you were able to combat your stress and manage it better.
There is a way.
Before you can combat the stress in your life, it’s important to know the key factors that contribute to that feeling. There are some stressors in your life that can be managed, and others that you have no influence over. For example, if you are rushing through your morning to get to work, perhaps it’s time to set that alarm clock a little earlier and give yourself that time to go through the motions. In cases like weather, or traffic accidents, you have no control, and rather than get upset and lose your cool, it’s more important to find better ways to approach these situations.
The key is your willingness to be flexible. If you’re too rigid, that is what will cause you to snap at everyone and everything. Think of flexibility as the 3 C’s: Cool, Calm, and Collect.
- So remember:
- Recognize what stressors you don’t have control over and release yourself from that burden.
- Manage your own responses and reactions to situations (this will take some practice).
- Envision yourself in a healthy life and set goals – keep those in mind when stressors arise.
Relax, Don’t Do It
Have fun. It’s important to remember to make time for a little relaxation. Laugh a little. Just 10-15 minutes a day can make a huge difference on your well-being. Close your eyes, breathe, and calm your mind. Believe it or not, exercise is also a great way to relieve stress, and sets you on the road to a healthy lifestyle.
If you need ideas to unwind, here are a few:
- Go for a walk
- Go for a run
- Spend time with family or friends
- Do yoga
- Find a hobby
Let’s work together to minimize our stress and change the way we respond to the factors that bug us most. The long term benefit of taking control of stress is better relationships, healthier life, more fun, and a deepening appreciation of life overall.
Let’s get you healthy!