“No, I’m not under stress, everything is fine!”
This is something a lot of people say very often. Sometimes poor sleep and digestive issues go with it, such as stomach ulcers and low energy. We don’t get time to just sit for 5 minutes to do……. nothing.
These are just some of the challenges of daily life. How we respond to these challenges can have a major impact on our health. Having a bit of stress in our life is a good thing, it is called Eustress. However if these challenges keep us in the state of Dis-stress, on a constant basis, then this is not good for our health and wellbeing. A comment from a client about stress in her life: “ I’m feeling much better now, I’m not reacting to things like I used to”.
The good stress should be a manageable amount of stress, as it helps with growth. Things like exercise or stress that helps us to achieve goals we set. These are short durations of stress on the body.
While the bad stress, dis-stress, is when there is prolonged stress on the body. When stress is prolonged it will have a negative impact on the immune system, making a person more open to illness.
When under stress, we tend to make bad judgment calls, make decisions that would not be the best for our families or us. In work situations, the decisions may not be the best choice, affecting our work performance.
When chatting with a client about stress, she said she was not under stress. Then I dug a bit more. She said she has some stress from work, has some stress from family concerns and has some stress from mental health issues. These stresses were almost a daily occurrence. Adding up all these small stresses is 1 major stress on a person’s body. It was only then that she realized that she has a lot of stress in her life. The following is a comment from a parent about her son: “my son has improved in areas that he previously had significant difficulties, such as communication, concentration and dealing with frustration and stress.”
We can all do small little things on a daily bases to help our body to cope a bit better with this daily stress. Taking a good quality B-complex vitamin will help our bodies to handle stress or anxiety better. Taking as little as 10 minutes a day to meditate can help the body to cope with stress. If not every day, just a few days a week. There are multiple apps available that people use like “Headspace” to help with meditation. Taking a good quality probiotic on a daily basis can help to improve the immune system and cope better with stress.
By helping a person to have a body in a more healthy and resilient state, the person can then handle daily stresses with better clarity, focus and mental resilience, limiting the impact it could have on their health and wellbeing.
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A Healthy Mind, A Healthy Body, A Healthy Life!