“What would it be like if I could accept life–accept this moment–exactly as it is?”
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How Stress Affects Our Mind, Body, and Spirit
Have you felt stressed lately?
Most of us have some level of stress on a regular bases. It shows up in different forms, dosages, frequency, and intensity. Whether the stress is School – Work – Relationships – Personal Expectation – from Past Experiences, how we relate to it will affect our day.
Isn’t the goal to get rid stress?
Well, not exactly. Imagine you are asked to be a guest speaker on a topic you are passionate about. Right before you are suppose to speak you find out there will be 75 people instead of 20, yikes! For most of us our heart will start racing, breathe will get fast and short, we might feel warm and start sweating. I definitely know as this happened to me. Speaking large groups for most of us is stressful.
“Why do you keep speaking in front of large groups if it causes stress?”
Again, another good question! Because I love speaking to groups of people about topics I’m passionate about. I value the experience so much that it override the feeling of stress and anxiety.
“I think I can deal with things, but my partner says I’m stressed-out.”
Sometimes we don’t associate things with our stress responses because they begin to feel like our “norm”. Feedback from others can give us some solid insights on how we are handling things. From there we get to decide what to do next.
Stress can be an internal experience of thoughts and feelings. – Overwhelmed, scattered, irritable, helpless, “I can’t do it all”, “This is too much”, “I no good”.
It can also be outer experience and our actions can be seen by others – Fidgeting, unorganized, difficulty focus, struggle with time management, over eating/under eating, sleep difficulties, quick temper.
Stress affects all areas of our overall health and wellness. Forming a new relationship with your stress can be a step towards a healthier life.
In counseling we learn strategies to overcome stress. One strategy we learn is breathing techniques. If you’re interested in trying a breathing technique today, check out this video. Another strategy we learn is time management. Time management helps you prioritize what’s important to you each day, and then move forward to taken effective actions to follow through with tasks.
Interested in other techniques we learn to reduce stress? Contact me today for a complementary phone consultation or to schedule an appointment.