Stress Stealing Your Power?

Part Three

Are you managing your stress or is stress managing you? Maybe you just haven’t figured out the real sources that are stealing valuable energy from your every day life. This week you will be thinking about the holidays and the kids being home on vacation and then soon there will be gifts to purchase, dinners to plan for and parties to attend…

As we continue our series on “Joy Stealers”, identifying our relationship with food and understanding why we make the food choices we do, we need to focus a bit more on our emotional and physical wellness, in terms of stress management.

Did you know, it is how you respond to the demands of the world around you that determines your tolerance to stress? Recognizing daily stressors, that zap your energy, and understanding how they may be affecting your life overall can be the first step in helping to restore you back to sanity.

Our inability to manage the stress factors in our lives is one of the top joy stealers we face every day.

Unmanaged stress breaks down our body’s ability to function 100%

Life Is Stressful!!!

However, certain kinds of stress can be good for the body. Stress excites you, energizes you, lets you try new things, and boosts your immune system. Stress is your body’s natural reaction to the demands surrounding it. Depending on the events and types of conditions that trigger stress, and whether they are new or have been constant in your life determines whether it is a good stressor or a bad stressor.

Acute Stress

This is your fight-or-flight reaction to a situation that can be a threat, challenge or something that frightens you. This reaction is immediate and extreme and can stimulate. Basic examples would be a blind date, a visit from the in-laws, fender bender, sky diving.

Mild acute stress is healthy. It is what energizes and motivates you into positive action.

Chronic Stress

This is when you allow the acute stressors to be constantly present in your life. They pile up when not managed and effect mental and physical health such as migraines, insomnia, fatigue, weight gain or loss of weight, to even more serious health issues like depression, high blood pressure, heart disease and some cancers. When you are able to identify these stressors and understand the bodies reaction to them, whether negative or positive, you will be able to manage the every day events in your life more effectively and efficiently. When you are able to effectively manage the stress in your life you will be able to decrease your concerns and risks to your overall health.

External Stress

This could be any situation or event like your neighbors barking dog, unexpected bills, family arguments, unemployment, to even a major life crisis such as the death of a loved one.

Internal Stress

Bet you didn’t know that most of your stress response is self-induced. You got it! Our mind is active with constant thoughts that can trigger feelings of unrest such as many types of fears, uncertainty and even your belief system. However, be assured you do have the power to control your thoughts before they have the chance to defeat you.

If you have dwelt on your fears, attitudes and expectations over a long period of time know it will take some doing; hard work, persistence and a positive support system to change them effectively.

This also includes lifestyle changes such as eating a healthier diet, being more physically active and getting enough sleep which will help boost your ability to recover. Using humor and learning to be assertive, and practicing problem solving and time management are all positive ways to restore your energies and bring your body back into balance.

Here are some questions to think about and hopefully get you started in identifying major stressors and head you forward into managing the every day stress in your life;

  • What are the top ten situations, concerns, challenges, etc., you have recognized that trigger stress?
  • What one thing do you want more/less in your life at this time?
  • What three things are you tolerating right now?
  • What is one thing you would like to achieve but not sure how?
  • How well do you keep your commitments?
  • Do you tend to be nervous?
  • Are you easily distracted?
  • Do you prepare ahead of time for events or situations that cause stress?
  • Are you easily angered?
  • Do you participate in activities that provide relief from stress?
  • When working under pressure do you make decisions with minimal stress?
  • Do you set realistic goals for yourself?
  • Do you avoid putting off tasks to the last minute?
  • When working under pressure do you stay calm and patient?
  • How do you like to be supported when facing challenges?

Whoa! A lot of information and questions to think about I know. But if you have stayed with me this far you are on your way to understanding the importance of getting your mind in motion and get serious about recognizing how stress has been managing your life. And not to mention how it has been leading you straight to that fridge on those late nights after the dust has settled. :)

Next time we will be completing this topic on stress management with more solutions to how you can work out managing a less stressful lifestyle.

At anytime if you have questions or concerns or need support continue to email me or click on the “Contact Us!” tab at the top of this site and let us know how we can help.

Blessings during this holiday season!

Love, Sandi

 

 

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