Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close: When Stress Takes Over

stress

Stress is a natural response to everyday life.  Reactions that come from our body in times of threat, or life challenges.  Our nervous system is triggered and produces the hormone, cortisol, during these times which gives us the sensation of “fight or flight”.

Stress can come in all shapes and forms.  It could be in the form of running late for an appointment, or as horrible as the loss of a loved one … and all of the in between scenario’s that one can think of.  Stress is unavoidable and is a part of our day-to-day life.

What is important to realize is that our bodies need a “release” of these stress factors in order to maintain a healthy, and positive energy.  A release of stress is healthy in order to avoid it from compounding and becoming a hinderance to your healthy.

 

It’s not the stress that’s killing us, it’s what we do with that stress that is killing us ~ unknown

 

 Common Unhealthy Ways We Deal With Stress:

  • Overeat
  • Oversleep
  • Act out in Anger
  • Neglect loved ones
  • Become reckless with money
  • Ignore it
  • Smoke/drink
  • Take Pills
  • Procrastinate

 Effects Of Stress:

  • Irritability
  • Depressed mood
  • Anxiety
  • Easily angered or frustrated
  • Fatigue
  • Trouble falling or staying asleep
  • Loss of appetite or overeating
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Problems with memory
  • Muscle aches
  • Headaches
  • Upset stomach
  • Rapid heartbeat

  Healthy Ways To Face Stress Head On…

1.  Breathe

Simple as it sounds, oxygen actually dissipates the excess cortisol running through our system.

2. Listen to Music

Music triggers an emotional state in us depending on what memory or sensation we attach to it. Try listening to music that is soothing and peaceful for you.

3. Laughter

Spend time with people who bring joy and humor into your life. Laughter is contagious!

4.  Roll it out

Stress gets lodged deep into our fascia which turns into rough scar tissue welcoming pain and disease to the body. Pick up a foam roller at your local sports store, your body will thank you.

5.  Seek Touch

Snuggle up with a loved one, practice gentle massage, or just hold hands. Allow yourself to feel good.

6.  Aromatherapy

Calm your nerves by adding a few drops of lavender or lemon balm to your bath water or pillow case. Essential oils have proven healing qualities to them.

7.  Be Natural

Get in touch with nature; feel the grass between your toes, pick flowers, or breathe fresh air. Nature is very soothing and can defuse tension.

 The reason that these techniques can be useful is because they bring us up to the present moment rather than dwelling on the stressors that caused us to feel anxious and overwhelmed.  If we practice these things on a regular basis, and not when we are simply feeling negative effects, we offset the negative energy with he positive energy we are trying to instill in ourselves.  We create a harmony which allows us to think in a clear fashion.

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