We all experience stress at some point. Most of us experience stress every single day in some form or another. Stress is a normal part of our existence. While we generally think of stress as the enemy it is actually a tool that we can utilize to help us refocus and rebalance. Think about your stress for a moment. What stresses you out?
It is actually a good thing to think about this now while you are not in the situation so that you can make a decision about how you will react the next time you encounter this situation….no matter how soon it happens. Here is one example, I have a core value of respecting the times of others. This causes me to desire to prepare and be on time to my appointments. So when I am getting ready for my appointment and something slows me down like traffic or weather….I get stressed. This stress causes me to hurry and get to my destination. This stress was a good thing as long as I did not allow it cause me to get into an accident of any sort.
This is just a basic example because I am sharing a more personal experience on the show that is affecting me now. This example may not ring true for you but let me use one more to see if that helps. I am a person who is very calm under pressure while my insides may be all stressed and twisted up during chaotic times. I have had this experience at work in the past. I noticed that while I did not lash out at others or show a lot of outward signs of stress, I was internalizing it. So I overate and gained a lot of weight. Some people will buzz around when stressed and my end up underweight. Either way is not healthy.
It is important to look at stress as a motivator to help you accomplish your task. It is a way for our bodies to help us prepare for a particular situation. When we realize this and utilize stress to our benefit we can conquer any situation.
On the show, I shared a little bit about my struggle as my surgery date approaches and my stress turned into anxiety. I had to destress by reaching out family and friends and venting and hearing supportive words until I felt better. When you are in the middle of stress it is difficult to take the time for self care such as a bubble bath, meditation, or even reading a book. I found it hard to focus on my school work and classes just started. Now I can focus on my gratitude and be more optimistic as Wednesday approaches.
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Christie Rose, BBA, HC