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Stress or not to Stress

What does come to your mind when you hear the word STRESS?

What is STRESS for you?

Stress is very common word that we use everyday and stress is part of our life. Actually, it is beneficial at a small degree. Stress is a vital warning system that we inherited as mammals. It is a survival mechanism producing the fight-or-flight response that is very much needed to protect us from danger. To avoid car accidents or to react and defend ourselves in a threatening situation. 


Imaging yourself walking on the street and suddenly you hear a gun shut and bullet flying next to your ear, almost touching. What do you do? You run, hide or frizz.

A gun shutter drove away, and you shake yourself off and continue walking like a gazelle after lion chase. Right? Not, really.

You call your friend or loved one to vent, you post your story on social media to seek the reaction from your social bodies, you share your experience with everybody at the next family gathering. Do you know that every time you talk or think about the stressful event your brain react to it. Therefore, you continuously perpetuate your body’s stress response for long periods.

Therefor, you allow acute stress become chronic. You add multiple stressors to your stress bucket that might be already overflowing. Your stress system can quickly become overwhelmed and break down. You will start experiencing physical effects of chronic stress, such as high blood pressure, weight gain, insulin resistance and other chronic conditions.

Lets look at the different types of stressors that we get bombarded with every day. Some of them are very obvious and familiar, others are hidden and unknown.

I like to divide stressors that contribute to your stress bucket into 3 major categories.

Emotional:

  • Relationships
  • Emotional trauma
  • Unsatisfied marriage
  • Dysfunctional families
  • Adverse childhood experiences
  • Work demand
  • Multitasking and dead lines
  • Unsatisfied job
  • Caring for kids, old parents, sick person
  • Financial problem

Physical:

  • Long working hours
  • Multiple jobs
  • Occupational hazards
  • Overexercise
  • Under-exercise
  • Chronic inflammation
  • Physical illness or trauma
  • Posture

Chemical:

  • Environmental pollution (air, soil, water)
  • Household environment (cleaning products, detergents, carpet)
  • Personal care products (toothpaste, shampoo, cosmetics, perfume)
  • Work environment (A/C or heaters, chemicals, hand sanitizer)
  • Food (Sugar is #1 toxins, preservatives, artificial colors, flavors, taste enhancers like MSG, GMO, animal products)

It can be overwhelming with so many internal and external stressor. Today I would like to give you few tips that you can start implementing in your life to become resilient.

10 Tips to Overcome Stress

  1. Don’t worry about people or circumstances that you can’t control (Politics, weather, interest rate, traffic jam, your annoying cousin or needy friend). Instead, surround yourself with loving and supportive people.
  2. Find the job you love or love the job you do. (Find positive things in your working environment).
  3. Have some physical activity every day. (Take steps, park faraway, walk – don’t drive, Jump, push-ups/squats)
  4. Have a good quality night sleep of 7-8 hrs (go to bed before 10 every day, turn of WiFi, last food 3 hrs before bed)
  5. Avoid toxins in your food, drink and home environment ( no sugar and processed oils, cook at home from fresh or freshly frozen food, no packaged food, drink filtered water, wash with soap and water, clean with baking soda and vinegar)
  6. Practice 3-parts breathing (inhale short-pause-exhale long).
  7. Detoxify your body two times per year (fasting 1-5 days). Detoxification has become apart of my lifestyle when I learned about toxins that destroyed my health. 
  8. Act from LOVE not from FEAR (eat and move to love your body, be grateful for what you have, love yourself the way you are).
  9. Have time for yourself – self-care (apply “airplane rule”).
  10. Find a purpose in your life.

“The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.”

-Mark Twain

Today you learned about your stress bucket and 3 types of stressors that you can eliminate from your life and environment. That knowledge is a key to success in your journey to better health and happiness but taking action is a door that you need to open with that key.

So, Act today!!!

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