De-stress your life
Can stress really be good for us?
· Stress – eustress is actually something that can be a motivator. It can get us moving and push us to peak performance.
· People who experience “good” stress have increased blood flow and our muscles and limbs meet the challenge. The perfect example of “good” stress on a body is aerobic exercise.
· “Good” stress tends to push us to meet mental challenges, be creative and can create opportunities for us to exceed our normal functioning at rest.
What does bad stress do to us?
· Physical: It constricts our blood vessels, it raises our blood pressure and we tend to feel dizzy
· Reactions: Many people have lapses in judgement, make poor choices, raise their voices & feel angry, feel cold in their extremities as blood flows to other parts of their body
· Mental: Creates heightened anxiety that tends to create ruminating thoughts, thoughts of horror & fear, and the inability to concentrate.
What are some techniques for calming our stress levels?
· In a 2011 study 62% of people reported that changing their thoughts made a difference. The key was changing thoughts and focusing on the positive. Self-talk and reframing the situation into a “can-do” statement is powerful
· Evaluating the situation. 56% of those who were aware and acknowledged their stressor found that it reduced the stress level. When we ignore symptoms our body builds up the stressors and it can be destructive to our physical and mental health
· Knowing your weaknesses. 52% of the study noted that just knowing what stressed them out was helpful to avoid concerns.
· Recharge: 38% of the respondents said that focusing on recharging was helpful to lowering stress. Recharging included doing things such as exercise, relaxing, or doing something fun.
· Therapy can teach you Proven techniques: Techniques such as meditation, deep breathing exercises and learning techniques of biofeedback have proven to be exceptional methods for lowering stress. These techniques can be learned in therapy and become useful ways to lower stress whenever and wherever it is experienced.