Did you know there are different types of stress? The good stress is what enables your body to get moving quickly. (ie. to get across the road before a car comes, or to get all your tasks done to complete a project)
And then there is bad stress. The kind where you have a pit in your stomach on your way to work. Your shoulders are tight and strained because you feel someone watching you all day long. Or you are constantly worried about paying bills or making all the right decisions with raising your children.
The good news is your body is quite capable of handling stress. As long as it is in small doses and has breaks in between to recoup & restore your adrenalin and cortisol levels. When your body doesn’t have that chance to build up it’s resistance to stress, you start to get run down, fatigued and your immune system starts to fail.
When your body can’t respond properly to the levels of stress being thrown at it, inflammation appears and is shortly followed by illness and disease. Our bodies do try to warn us with subtle hints, like a headache or just shortness of breath. This way, hopefully, we take the hint and sit down. Take some deep breaths. Shake it off. Re-focus our thoughts.
However, many of us nowadays, either don’t get the chance to take that break…or don’t believe we have the time. We have to take that time. We cannot afford to ignore the signs our bodies send us. When that little (or big) voice says you don’t have time for that…tell it to bugger off.
Because the next set of signals are much harder to shake off. Stress causes inflammation. Inflammation can lead to more serious illnesses such as diabetes, depression, obesity and cancer.
Another thing most of us don’t know yet….is that even the most serious of these illnesses can be helped and sometimes even reversed. As long as you are breathing, it is not too late to try. And honestly, what else is more important than keeping your body healthy?
- Take time to breathe and relax every day.
- Walk outside and breathe in the fresh air.
- Get your hands into some dirt, touch the Earth.
- Eat fresh, raw organic fruits & vegetables.
- If you eat meat, be sure it is grass-fed, organic and preferably local.
- Drink water.
- Spend time with your Family. Yes, you do have time!
- Limit your time on your devices in the evening.
- Avoid as much as possible for the 2hr period before going to bed.
- Try to get to bed at relatively the same time each night.
- Try to get up at the same time each morning.
- Do not watch the news.
- If you have negative people on your social media, get rid of them.
- Likewise with people in your life that make you feel bad. It is okay to set boundaries.
- And yes, it is okay to say No…without the guilt!
- Life is too short to have to deal with stressful situations. (unless it’s to run to catch the bus…see above. Good stress is okay)
- Sleep in a dark space. Yes, you will be fine.
- Drink water!
- Schedule time for you. Whether it be to meditate, do yoga or get a massage.
We are programmed to look after others first. This is especially true of our families.
Reach out to someone if you feel like you are out of options. Remember no matter how bad it seems, there is always someone that would be heartbroken if you were no longer there. So many of us are afraid to talk to anyone. ‘I don’t want to burden them with my sh*t.’ Or, ‘I will deal with it on my own.’
Surround yourself with positive like-minded people. Lift each other up.
You know what? At the very least…remember you are loved. If you think no one does…well, I do. I send love to everyone I see. Everyone I meet. I even try to be mindful of sending love to those that don’t seem to deserve it. Because it might make a positive change in their day. And what can it hurt if it doesn’t?
Years ago someone asked me,
‘Why are you so damned happy?’
My response was, ‘Why not?‘
Sending Love & Light,
Melinda Jayne (as my Dad would say, over & out)