I can remember many different stages in my life where I have experienced stress and anxiety.
It goes back to my childhood, yes, I had extreme amounts of stress for someone so young. I was in fight or flight mode from roughly the age of 7. I was a child of a split family who decided to take on a role of worrying about everyone else. My body and mind would race, my emotions and perceptions heightened due to circumstances out of my control and id let them affect me and get to me.
There were times where I was relaxed but as soon as something challenged me or threw me out of my comfort zone, id be off and racing. This is something that followed me into my adult years, and I have had to work on to remain more in control of my emotions and the stress that follows.
Stress wasn’t always a bad thing, it was meant to be the one thing that saved us, that short term adrenaline to give us a push in times of need. However, these days we are subjected to it daily, our perception on what’s “stressful” has also significantly changed. From being attacked by a wild animal, to a stressful phone call or lengthy wait in line.
Everyone has experienced some type of stress in their lives, whether it be family, work, living circumstances or bad traffic. The problem with stress is, that it really does KILL! That includes increased levels of cortisol, often referred to as the stress hormone. Elevated cortisol levels interfere with learning and memory, lower immune function and bone density, and increase blood pressure, cholesterol and heart disease. The rumours are true . . chronic stress can lead to medical complications such as increased risk of coronary heart disease events and related mortality.
SO how do we combat stress? And do we REALLY need to be stressed about all the things we seem to get worked up over these days?
The long and the short, NO! we really don’t need to get stressed about waiting in line for a coffee, waiting for someone to text you back, an email notification, picking clothes, getting enough likes on a photo, the dog barking, the past, gossip, haters, being perfect and really anything outside of your control! These things are life or death, you’re not going to die from gossiping or if it takes 10mins instead or 7 to get your coffee.
Rather, lets try change our way of thinking. Switch it up. Flip it around.
Yes, you know I’m waiting 10 mins, but hey I’m getting an extra few minutes of me time before I get to work. Its not a big deal.
I haven’t heard back for hours, they must be busy ill concentrate on myself and my goals until I hear back.
There is a rumour being spread about me that’s totally untrue, and you know what I don’t care because I know the truth! Let them waste their time talking about me while I focus on what is important to me!!
Watch your life change when you can realise that things outside of your control are happening around you not TO YOU. This is however quite a challenge to change your way of thinking. Seeing as adrenaline and stress are quite an immediate reaction. It takes time to address how your feeling and why and then flip it.
April is stress awareness month, its good to know you are NOT ALONE!
Here are some other ways to help combat stress and angst in your life.
Ask for help
You do not have to go through life alone. It's OK to ask family and friends to help you out. You do not need to be as big as your ego!! In fact, you may find yourself so overwhelmed that staying committed to your healthy lifestyle is much harder than when you have others to help you along the way.
This can be tough when you feel as though you are being pulled in a thousand different directions. As many of us are well aware, exercise is a big stress reliever. Even if you can't keep up with your normal exercise routine, going for a quick walk around the workplace or even doing some laps of the block can do wonders to clear your mind and more importantly reduce the stress.
3. Rest is important, too
If you have children you know that when they get overly tired, they are much more difficult to manage. Sleep and rest help us recharge our batteries. Even if you find yourself sneaking in rest when your loved one is resting, it may be just what your body needs.
Deep breathing seems like such a simple act, but it can do wonders in helping relieve stress and tension we hold in our bodies. Just three short minutes of concentrated breathing can help lower stress levels.
5. Be sure to eat
Remember food is fuel for your body. It is what gives us energy especially when our meal time schedule is off. Sugary foods and junk food can leave you drained, therefore bringing healthy snacks is a great option, especially if you miss getting to the hospital cafeteria before closing. I keep nuts, protein bars and fruit with me so that I never am without a little something.
6. Talk with others
While it may seem overwhelming sharing your concers with other friends or family who are experiencing similar problems can actually validate your feelings.
Accept that you cannot do it all
This is by far one of the most difficult areas for me to accept. As a type A perfectionist, I do not like when I am forced to shorten my workout sessions, maybe not eat as well as I should, get upset with the way things are done or not done, etc, but this is life. A few weeks of not so healthy choices will not knock me down UNLESS I allow the stress and outside factors to consume me. I can only do the best I can do knowing that it will only be a matter of time before I am back to my normal, or maybe even my new normal, routine.
- taking a natural supplement
There are many natural supplements on the market to help you combat stress and anxiety! Here are my top go to products
Helps the body to adapt efficiently to external stress,Reduces the severity of internal stress from toxic, immune and inflammatory triggers. Takes the burden off the adrenal gland and has a sparing effect on cortisol and Helps to restore healthy cortisol fluctuations. Anti-catabolic - by reducing the damaging effects of cortisol in response to stress, training and stimulants. Improve resilience and MORE
Reset Nutrition Adrenals uses a complex blend of adaptogens and herbs that help the body adapt to external stress. In particular, Reset Nutrition Adrenal takes the workload off the adrenal gland and helps to restore healthy cortisol levels.
Promotes metabolism and overall weight loss, detoxifies your body of toxins, Boost natural testosterone production, Reduce cortisol and promotes adrenal recovery!
After 33 years on this planet, I am learning to accept that there are many things out of my control. I can either wallow in my sorrow or I can take on the challenges. Smiling can do wonders to lift our moods along with the release of the mood calming endorphins. It can make us more positive when things in life appear to be so challenging.
While there are many things in life we can't control, there are many things we can. Life is meant to be experienced, and it won’t always go to plan. It is how we manage the curve balls or the obstacles in our life that allow us to grow, change and transform into the people we are meant to be. It doesn't mean it will be easy, but having a few tips to help you through can do wonders in making what we thought was a not-so-great situation into a better situation