Stress management can be difficult. It asks a lot of us. It forces us to slow down, to step back, to disengage (for a brief time) from the ‘electric current’ of modern life.
It asks us to prioritise self-care in a culture that doesn’t value it.
It is a difficult term to define, simply: ‘…Stress typically describes a negative concept that can have an impact on one’s mental and physical well-being…’ wikipedia definition.
Our adrenals secrete hormones – such as cortisol, that regulate the stress response. Because of this, the adrenals are what determine our tolerance to stress and are also most affected by stress.
We are aware of the obvious forms of stress that affect our adrenal glands: overscheduled lives, arguments, unhealthy relationships, financial problems, moving house etc. But other factors not commonly considered when people think of ‘stress’ place just as much of a burden on our adrenals daily. These include:
We are familiar with some of the common symptoms of stress, including: fatigue, headaches, decreased immunity, difficulty sleeping, mood swings, sugar and caffeine cravings etc.
Why then is this so harmful to the body? When stress is chronic and prolonged. Recent research shows that chronic stress can not only increase absolute cortisol levels, but importantly it disrupts the natural rhythm. And it’s this broken cortisol rhytm that wreaks havoc on the body, for example:
Managing stress is my priority in terms of taking my health up a level, here’s what I did last week and it really worked:
I went full bore into self care, a bit self absorptive perhaps, not really. We give a lot of our time, this needs to be replenished, otherwise ‘the well runs dry’. I hadn’t been incorporating self-care daily, so now I’m aiming for every second day, something to re-energise and switch off, preferably everyday – (taking my own advice).
In addition to these choices to help reduce stress, Dr Kresser, also suggests:
We are all different in what levels and the types of stress we tolerate, but if it’s constant, one thing is for sure, it catches up on us.
The other side of stress is mitigating the harmful effects of stress you can’t avoid. Here are some helpful strategies:
And above all, bring more pleasure, joy and fun into your life. Nurture your self, your soul and reap the healthy rewards.
Click on this link to read this full article by Dr Chris Kresser,‘manage your stress’