What if you could lower stress today with one tool!
Right now, many of us don’t even realize that we walk through life in a constant state of stress. How we perceive the world around us tells our bodies it’s safe to either grow healthy or retreat and turn on protection mode. When we perceive stress our nervous system switches to fight or flight mode and the cortisol starts to rise. Stress also shuts down parts of the brain leaving us with brain fog and an impaired memory. (1)
It’s important to become aware of when we are feeling stressful so we can put a stop to what’s causing all this stress! How do we become aware that we need to lower stress?
- Check your jaw, is it clenched or relaxed?
- Check your shoulders, are they relaxed?
- Is your mind racing or making up bad scenarios?
- How is your breathing? Are you holding your breath or breathing slow and steady?
These are signs that your body is stuck in fight or flight mode. Your mind has perceived danger, even if there isn’t a real danger. Your mindset has told your body you are in danger. If you find yourself constantly tense, consider taking the Mindset Makeover Challenge and take charge of your thoughts. Peace is available to you.
So what is the one tool I want you to do today? Our body gives us clues all day which mode we are in. If you find you’re in stress mode I want you to ask yourself this one question!
AM I IN IMMEDIATE DANGER RIGHT NOW?
Just ask yourself this one question. If the answer is NO, then you need to relax!
Chances are high this moment that what your stressing about will pass right on by. Remember there is a solution to any problem, even if you can’t think of it right now. It’s unhealthy for the mind and body to be in fight or flight mode all day. It’s proven to show that stress decreases your ability to think clearly or answer questions on a test. It is quite possible that when you relax you will figure out a solution to the problem you are stressing over.
The tricky thing about stress is, it’s in the eye of the beholder. What stresses one person may not stress another. Someone may get in a traffic jam and feel their blood pressure shoot up and another person might look at the traffic jam like a time to relax and catch up on some emails.
So next time your feeling stressed, take a deep breath and ask yourself if you are in immediate danger. If the answer is no than slow your breathing and try to look at the situation from a different point of view.
It’s ok to ask a friend for their opinion about your stressful situation. Often times someone from outside the situation can offer a fresh eye on the problem, giving you a perspective you didn’t see before. Just talking with friends can lower stress.
Consider getting a journal to vent in, get the stressful situation out of your head and onto paper. It’s not healthy to constantly carry burdens around with us.
If stress is a constant issue for you, I wrote Love Yourself Healthy Devotional to walk you out of a mindset of lies into truth. Check out the 20 day devotional and get a headstart on changing your mindset.