In a potentially stressful situation…how you view things can help you manage stress.
Once you learn how to deal better with stressful situations you will find your health and outlook on life considerably improve.
When you think of stress what do you think of?
Possibly getting uptight when external issues are getting to you such as…
- your boss giving you even more work to do
- or getting stuck in traffic which means you may miss your train…
- or just too much to do in your life!!
Stress is caused by the mind or body not coping with life’s challenges.
How you view a situation and how you respond to it is in your own hands...your individual perception of whether it is stressful or not.
Let’s take one of the examples above…
You are due to catch a train but you are stuck in traffic, real bad traffic due to a lorry dumping it’s load and causing a total blockage in the road. So you will miss the train.
There is nothing you can do about it…you’re stuck!
You may be sitting in your car listening to the traffic reports and getting more and more stressed and irate.
Or you may put some calming music on and think ‘so I’ll get the next train’. Yes it’s inconvenient, yes it may cost you the price of another train ticket, yes you may have to delay or postpone a meeting. But how is getting stressed going to help your situation? It won’t.
In fact it will make things worse
…you may need the loo…quickly…but where???
…you may start making decisions about the meeting, the train, the journey which are wrong because you’re unable to think clearly
…you could have a heart attack!!!
all systems of the body are effected by stress including muscular, respiratory, cardiovascular, endocrine (hormones), Digestive, nervous and reproductive systems
If we put ourselves through constant stress the body never has time to recover and over time this can lead to many health issues. Here are a few that I have come across with my clients:
- Migraines from constant muscle tension around the neck and shoulders
- Irritable bowel syndrome causing digestive problems
- Weight gain or loss due to digestion problems and emotional eating
- Hormonal problems due to constant high cortisol levels creating hormone imbalances
- Tiredness from adrenal fatigue and lack of sleep
- High blood pressure, heart disease, obesity and diabetes
External stress is a state of mind of how you deal with a situation.
Think to yourself…what’s the worse thing that can happen? I use this question a lot and it really keeps me from getting on the stress train! Try it.
Obviously there are other stress reduction techniques such as time management, planning ahead and making lifestyle changes that will also help with stress.
What about internal stress then?
These are things for another blog. Too much information can be stressful.
Let’s just concentrate on our stress perspective for the time being.
small manageable steps to fantastic health and wellness