Stress is an inescapable part of our every day lives; a normal mental and physical reaction to the many demands on our time, energy and capacity. Stress comes in many forms and in various amounts. A small amount can sometimes be positive if it is energy used to motivate us or help get us over the finish line of our morning jog. Unfortunately, most of us experience large amounts of stress from work pressures, professional and personal relationships and our environment. We also tend to experience many of these challenges at the same time which can push us beyond our own capability to manage how we feel or how our bodies perform.
Studies tell us our brain has an internal alert system for our protection so when it perceives a threat, it signals to the body to release hormones similar to a “fight-or-flight” concept that helps combat the threat.
Many times, our bodies don’t return from that “fight or flight” state due to the nonstop stressors working on us at any given moment. We all know living in a constant state of stress is harmful for our mental and physical state and in many cases, starts to break down our spiritual well-being.
1. Be mindful of your mental and physical state. Ask yourself, how do you feel? Step back from your current circumstance and truly assess what and how you are feeling. Next step, think about why you may be feeling a certain way. That helps determine what you can do about it.
2. Get active. Ditch the comfort of your home or workspace (when able) and do some outdoor activity. This is a great way to improve mental and physical health.
3. Try aromatherapy. It can help with balancing your mood.
4. Pay it forward. By helping others, we actually help ourselves. Giving and getting positive energy from others can help counteract stress energy.