I imagine many of our stress levels have been a ‘little’ higher over the last few months than normal.
Thousands of years ago, when humans encountered dangers – like a bear chasing them in the woods – our bodies would release hormones that sent us into a “fight or flight” response. This quickens our heart rate, blood pressure, and breathing to help us run away or fight so we could stay safe. Even though present day stressors look quite different, our bodies still respond in the same way we did thousands of years ago.
It’s natural to feel more stressed when our day-to-day lives are disrupted. And feeling stressed can lead us to do things that can ultimately move us farther from our goals.
When things are out of our control, it really helps to remind ourselves about things we do have control over.
Take some time to look at what we CAN do instead of focusing on what we can’t
Many people are talking about how they feel they are more on edge than usual and it’s not surprising in these ‘challenging’ times!
There’s so much uncertainty and change, non-stop information coming at us, and a lot of alone time … OR too much together time.
There have always been situations where we have felt we don’t have control and the impact it’s made to our journey and in hindsight how many of us are now thinking its nothing to what we are going through now!
When you take care of yourself by reducing or preventing stress, remember you are better able to take care of yourself and others. Think of the advice given by the air hostesses before you fly…If you should require oxygen, your mask will automatically fall from the panel above your head…Fit your OWN mask BEFORE helping others!!
There are many techniques we can utilize to reduce stress. and only you know what will work for you, so
If Sitting all day is driving you nuts! – what could you be doing that is constructive, not destructive
If you are bored and feel “blah.” – think about how/what you could do to invigorate your mind? read, puzzles, remember eating only occupies your mouth!
If you are feeling isolated – how could you get involved..zoom, phone a friend?
Intentionally managing stress can help you develop new routines; stay connected to what’s important to you, and continue practicing healthier habits on the journey. There are several meditation apps that are free to try, here’s a few you might fancy, Mind Body Spirit Tribe, Mindfullness & Meditation, Calm, and Headspace has 5 stars
I know a lot of us are noticing a tendency to snack more often when we’re not hungry, and the general feeling I’m getting is its mostly high carbohydrate foods.
We also know that feeling stressed can lead us to reach for food to try and soothe ourselves a bit.
Remember there’s no comfort to be found in food – just another problem to stress over.