So, how stressed are you in your life? Are you on edge more than normal? Are you less capable of handling life’s stressors? Do you feel your heart race when someone confronts you or when you feel personally attacked? Your body’s response to stress can have serious consequences both on a physical and emotional level. There have been numerous studies about the bodies negative reaction to stress. Reactions vary from heightened allergies, to heart disease to depression. It is very easy to get caught up in “life” and your normal reaction to certain triggers. If you find yourself spinning out of control, as if someone else has taken over your body, it is time to take a step back and examine what really is going on. At one point in your life were you able to handle stressors better? Do you feel less equipped than you used to? Do you feel as though you are losing an uphill battle? It is possible to combat outside stressors, just try shifting your perspective. Instead of feeling victim to what life throws at you, take control of your response and your actions. Realize you have the ability to take one step at a time, but these baby steps will create a profound difference in your life.
Take time outs
There is no way you can control everything in your life, nor would you want to. But, you do have the ability to bring some calm to stressful situations. When you feel your stress level rising, take a time out. We use this method with our children, but it is just as useful and necessary for ourselves. This week practice taking some deep breaths, going for a walk, or simply spending some much needed time alone.
If your body is healthy you will be much better equipped to handle stressful situations. Otherwise you will get sick more often, feel more fatigued and feel generally lousy. Eat plenty of fruits, vegetables and whole grains while drinking lots of water. Feeding your body healthy foods will help you handle life’s ups and downs. Commit this week to embracing a healthier lifestyle and notice the results.
Ask for support
As reported in Psychological Review in July 2000, women live on average 5 years longer than men. Why is this you ask? Women are much better at reaching for support when they are feeling stressed or down. So, seek support when you need it. Go out with some friends, seek counsel, talk with family. This week don’t be afraid to reach out when you need it.