Stress can manifest itself in the body in various forms. Whether you suffer from frequent headaches, anxiety, neck and shoulder stiffness, fatigue or are easily irritated, the goal should be to alleviate stress before we even begin to feel the physical effects of it. Stress usually arises due to something unexpected happening or when we have prolonged addressing an ongoing issue. We call these stressors or sources of stress. We all experience stress differently but it is very important that we are aware of it source(s).
Stress can be defined as “a normal physical response to events that make you feel threatened or upset your balance in some way.” Some of us feel the stress of procrastination which subsequently pushes us to finish a task or obligation. In sports, athletes may feel the stress of taking the final shot or scoring the winning touchdown. An athlete either gains a greater sense of focus to achieve the goal or cracks under pressure and loses focus. Stress also triggers the body’s natural response of “fight or flight”. However, when we reach a point that stress begins to cause us to lose focus, creates constant feeling of frustration, helplessness or even depression we should be greatly concerned. Because of the positive and negative aspects of stress, it is important that we pay attention to our stress levels and do what is necessary to keep it at a minimal.
One way in which I try to keep stress at a minimum is by putting things into perspective. Sometimes you just have to stop, take a deep breath, think things through and then respond or adjust accordingly. As individuals, sometimes we try to take on so much instead of asking for help and support from family and friends. When you put things into perspective, you get a realistic idea of what you can take on, what is in your control, the best way to tackle it and where you will need help. Sometimes having to ask for assistance is God’s way of telling us or showing us how he will provide for our needs. Philippians 4:19
Exercise is another great way to manage stress. Exercise assist the body with the production of endorphins that help reduce stress. Exercise also helps to boost the immune system which can also suffer as a result of stress. My goal this year is to incorporate yoga into my routine. Yoga helps restore balance in the body and has been said to help rid the body of toxins when done in extreme temperatures. I will cover yoga and the benefits more in a future post. Running is another exercise that is a good stress reliever, just not for me. Lol
Mental Health deals with so many aspects of the body, lifestyle and day to day routines. Stress can interfere with one’s mental health and lead to issues with one’s physical health and vice versa. It is extremely important that you take time out for you and incorporate activities into your life that help reduce stress. If you are experiencing constant and persistent issues associated with stress you may want to reach out to a professional, whether it be your primary doctor or a counselor.
Wellness Wednesdays: is a new weekly addition. Wellness Wednesdays will focus on various mental health issues, healthy ways to deal with stress, change and transitions and also where to seek help or advice if you suffer from a mental illness. If you would be interested in contributing, email rn @ rhachellenicol (dot) com with your topic of interest.
- Taking time for yourself (imconfident.wordpress.com)
- Health & Fitness – Article 5 (bestbuy.com)
- Believing you’re stressed is making you even more stressed (todayhealth.today.com)
- De-stressing in under a minute (myfox8.com)