We all experience stress in our lives; no one is immune to it or unaffected by it. There are, however, ways that you can become more resistant or tolerant to the effects of stress. There are two kinds of stress; eustress and distress.
Eustress is a positive kind of stress.
Examples of eustress are moving to a new house, starting a new job, having a child, falling in love, or exercising. Eustress may cause some of the same physical symptoms, as distress or “bad stress” but it is actually the body’s reaction to the excitement of the positive stressor. Your body processes eustress as a positive stressor which allows the brain to release feel good endorphins. Most of us think that all street is negative, but good stress can be an incredible motivator.
Distress is the stress that we often experience or face and is the stress most of us are accustom to. Distress can cause anxiety, concern, can lead to mental and physical problems and is overall a generally unpleasant thing to feel. Distress can discourage us from engaging in our daily activities. It is important to be self-aware of the stressors that you face on a day-to-day or weekly basis as to allow yourself to establish some stress reducing activities during the week. Listed below are some stress reducing techniques that you are encouraged to try during your day or week:
- Moderate exercise of physical activity for at least 15 minutes per day
- Yoga or other meditative practices
- Breathing techniques or self-guided mediation
- Taking a hot shower or bath
- Hiking or exploring outdoors without being connected or engaged in social media
- 20 minute power nap
- Reading a good book in your favorite chair is always a winner!
Let me know what stress reducing activities work best for you! Message me if you are interested in discussing the techniques listed above more in depth and how you can fit some in your busy schedule.
Some things to ask yourself:
*What are some times of the day I could put this into my schedule?
*What’s something that I already do that I could swap with one of these activities