Hello, Good MONDAY morning to you all!
Here it is, we are continuing our Mini Stress Series on STRESS! That's right. It's Monday and the first thing we should talk about first is how to understand your stress response, and next what are ways that you can improve your body from activating your stress response!
But, before we dive into this topic, I hope that you all had a wonderful, fun-filled and or relaxing weekend! It's great to reflect back on the things that have brought you happiness, and use them to motivate you to get through a busy, work-filled week! Before we dive into this, I'd like to ask that you grab a journal log book and pen/pencil (or whatever you use to take down notes) and write down a few things:
Today, what are some things that are concerning you (or causing you stress)?
Are these concerns you have, causing you serious stress?
How do you think you will navigate your mind away from continuously thinking about your concerns?
And, last, if you want to work on reducing self-inflicted stress, but aren't sure where to start or how to get there, reach out to me and I will get you going on some great stress reducing techniques! Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and in the title box put "Mini Stress Series Response"
The purpose of this mini-stress series is to help you navigate away from developing a cocktail of disaster for your mind, body, and soul! Whether you are an athlete, life coach, business professional, or a stay at home parent, we hope to connect you with easy-to-read and important information to continue focusing on, that will help you reduce bad flares ups!
The human body’s stress response starts in the brain. To be more exact, it starts in the amygdala, which is considered the “emotional center” of the brain. When your body is under attack from injury or infection, typically the hypothalamus (which some of you may have heard of before) is activated. During this process, the “emotional center” will send a signal to the hypothalamus > then proceed to signal the body’s “fight-or-flight” response. During this process, a hormone called "epinephrine" (another word you may have heard of before) mixes into the bloodstream, which in short, can produce physiological changes to occur in the body, like, heart rate (palpitations- triggered PVC's), blood flow, sweating, and much more.
So, let's play it into scenario:
It's Monday, and you are not excited to go back to the office and start another long work week. Another week of listening to your boss or coworkers negativity. You are trying to be positive, but your mind wanders off into LaLa land and starts thinking about the concerns you have with your children's school this Fall (due to COVID), and maybe how you will afford their "new" lifestyle of staying home (which means you now need to pay for a sitter). Not to mention, you are always battling relationship struggles (no one is perfect). You continue to fight your thoughts, but you are really worried that your kids are not going to learn and pass this school year. Now, you are so stressed out that instead of focusing on the work you are hired to do, you are busy "Googling" sitters and trying to look for extra online work that can help bring in more money to afford this. Now the thought pops into your head, "Wait a minute, what if the sitter is working with other kids and brings COVID into MY house!" Now, your head is spinning, and your boss walks into your office asking you if you are ready for the 10 a.m. meeting!
Naturally, you cram to get your notes together (afterall, you are the speaker of the week, and the company is depending on you)!
Your mind is flooded with doubt, worry, and now, STRESS! Your heart is racing as the clock says you have 5 minutes to 10 a.m.
Your stomach is hurting, actually, it's quite painful, and you began to stress over the fact that you have not reviewed your material for the meeting, and just wasted 2 hours stressing over your personal issues that you are now risking your job for! The job that you depend on to bring home a paycheck every week that provides for your family.
You are so much better than this! First and foremost, if this is YOU, take a second and BREATHE. Just breathe. Let the clock run. Close your eyes, don't try to force more information into your head, because chances are, the information you cram into you mind, will likely do you more harm than good. Breathe. Take in slow, deep breaths that relax your shoulders and mind. Do this. Forget about everything else! Let it go. The other stuff that you are worrying about are short goals that you will write down (off hours) and tackle using a short goal perform checklist (we have designed plenty that you can use). For now, just breathe. It's 10 a.m. and that meeting is YOURS. No worries, breathe through it. Present yourself in a way that let's your boss know why they hired you!
If this is something similar that you experience, or not, stress is real folks! It can create such a negative reaction, that over time, if untreated, you can cause serious health complications. You do not want to mark your calendars in the next few months to be seen by your doctor for being diagnosed with heart complications or diabetes. Yes, diabetes. Stress can cause so much to happen in your body, and just because you have read online that stress only causes heart issues, you are not reading every fact! The truth is, stress can cause such an array of reactions, that not every one reaction will be the same as yours! So, instead of getting yourself sick over stress, work to reduce your stress response by implementing new strategies and techniques that will assist your brain into the right direction!
We have designed some great techniques that are used in schools and among coaches and athletes around the U.S. If you are interested in bettering your life by reducing stress, feel free to email us and mention this blog posting. Send us whatever, whenever! We are here to help!
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