How Do We Deal With Stress
Ever feel like this picture, stress will do that to you. Ever feel like you can’t cope with the high levels of stress in your life? Here’s the truth, you probably can’t and that could be your body’s way of letting you know ….I’ve had enough! Everyone deals with stress, however those in recovery as particularly prone to stress becoming a factor for relapse. With all of the opportunities for stress to impact us, what are you doing for yourself to take care of yourself, lower your stress levels, and rid your body of stress? Recently I asked a group of mine to tell me signs of stress they recognized in their body. Their answers were things like, grinding your teeth, headaches, upset stomachs, irritability and quick tempers. Interestingly enough someone in the group said he had never felt stress, that I highly doubt, but ok. So, what do we do about the stress that is accumulated in our bodies. If you examine the top ways to deal with stress, they are all calming however require some form of expelling the stress. Take for example, deep breathing while meditating or practicing yoga, exercise and talking to someone, a counselor, coach or friend, writing, all of these methods are a way to expel the stress. While feeling the symptoms of stress in your life are important to help you determine how you are reacting, developing a plan to help you rid your body of stress is vital. 39 years ago, there was little to no talk of stress, but today we hear it everywhere. We hear and see even children who are showing signs of stress these days. What can we do about it? How do we protect our bodies and our minds? I encourage everyone to develop a plan for coping with stress in their lives. I recommend, developing a list of the top 5 ways they will use to mitigate the stress in their lives. By developing 5, you have a plan with several methods to use available to you when the first one or two don’t work. Importantly, many times you think you have released the stress only to find you have not, headaches reoccur and other symptoms however lessened still plague you. Change can be stressful, and as an adamant believer in change, I feel you can best protect yourself by having a handy go to list of ways to help reduce the levels of stress in your life. Develop your list, pick 5 ways and then practice those methods even when you don’t feel stress. Know yourself and discover how to best protect your heart, your mind and your body from stress. When stress levels rise and your top two aren’t working go to the next ones on your list. Self care is everything, and even more so in recovery. Recognize your own patterns of how you previously coped with stress and pick ways that do not self harm. You cannot preserve yourself while using methods that cause you harm. Begin to develop methods for healthy fulfilling stress decompression. For me, it is gardening, even sticking my hands in dirt is a wonderful way to decompress…..What about you? Do yourself a big favor, start your list today…practice it consistently and deter stress before it even starts! Remember you are your own best resource when it comes to taking care of you! Change you mind and in turn change your life!