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  • Writer's pictureJelena Celar

STRESS, reaction to a challenge and demand

Updated: May 31, 2022

In the modern, 24/7 information-packed world that we live in, stress is inevitable. The key is not to avoid it but learn how to manage it well enough to not take a toll on your health.

Coping with stress is one the most essential kind of self-care because living with high-stress levels puts your whole well-being at risk.

Aside from stopping you from thinking clearly, feeling balanced, and functioning effectively, stress affects your emotional state and negatively impacts your physical health.

Physical symptoms like muscle tension, nausea, headache, skin irritations, and emotional issues like irritability, anger, sadness, and changes in sleep, appetite, and digestion are all the effects of stress. They can quickly take over many sides of your life.

-Take time for yourself.

Take a day off and focus on resting, restoring, and doing something that energizes you and feeds your happiness. Perhaps this means connecting with loved ones, volunteering for a cause you believe in, or spending time in nature. It also might mean taking a long nap in the middle of the day and treating yourself to a good book or movie!

-Practice Mindfulness. Shift your perspective and replace the negative with the positive.

Mindfulness is quite the buzzword. It might bring to your mind images of people sitting cross-legged, meditating for those unfamiliar. In reality, It's a way of life! It's the process of bringing one's attention to experiences occurring in the present moment and not getting caught up in thoughts and worries from the past or future. Mindfulness is something that we all naturally possess. Still, we need to practice it to work to our benefit.

Like muscles, we must challenge our thoughts and train our brains to restructure how we see the world around us.

From rethinking how you eat your food to spending time focusing on something as essential as breathing, you can use Mindfulness strategies throughout the rest of your life.

Research has shown us that practising Mindfulness, besides greater mental well-being, can help improve physical health in many ways too. Science has found that Mindfulness can be beneficial to anyone and everyone who practices, from lowering blood pressure to relieving stress overall.

-Focus on basics.

When you're feeling stressed and anxious, you might be telling yourself "you need to relax a bit." In this relaxation scenario, you might picture yourself going for a massage, drawing a bubble bath, or lying on the beach with a cocktail in hand. Unfortunately, this type of relaxation isn't always at our disposal. As a result, many people shrug off the idea of relaxation at all and continue dragging themselves through the day.

Instead of taking an all-or-nothing approach to relaxation, try reframing your idea of what it means to relax and reset. You can do this by rearranging your priorities to highlight four things that we know help nourish our bodies and minds:

1.Sleep - Aim for 7-9 hours of sleep each night. Sleep is an absolute necessity for a healthy lifestyle. Just as stress can cause awakenings during the night, lack of sleep can cause higher levels of stress. It affects your energy, mood regulation, relationships, and even immunity.

2. Water - Make sure that you always have a bottle of water on hand for easy access throughout the day. Dehydration makes us feel tired, nauseous, and achy, all things you want to avoid if you're already feeling on edge from anxiety.

3. Nutritious Food - Feed yourself vegetables, fruits, and lean protein. Processed foods high in sugar will give you initial energy boost, however, once the energy boost has peaked, blood sugar levels drop quickly; this leads to lethargy, low mood, and further cravings. The continual boosts and drops in blood sugar levels can trigger the release of adrenalin and cortisol into the bloodstream, causing anxiety.

4. Exercise - You don't have to run a mile every day or spend an hour at the gym! Even a few minutes of walking, light housework, or a few dozen jumping jacks can be enough to boost your mood.

When was the last time you knew for sure that you fulfilled all four of these needs in one day?

I offer you support while you take the time to equip yourself with useful tools to cope with stress.

With love



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