Stress Much?


stress much?Stress can affect your body, mind, emotions, and behavior. Awareness of stress symptoms is the first step in lessening the impact. Stress that is not addressed can contribute to many health problems.
For many, stress is the norm. When we are stressed, breathing tends to be more rapid and shallow. Muscles are more tense (usually in the jaws, lips, shoulders, hands, and stomach).
Common effects of stress: 
Headache, muscle tension or pain, chest pain (see a doctor please!), fatigue, change in sex drive, upset stomach, change is sleep patterns, anxiety, lack of motivation, irritability, anger, sadness, depression, over or under eating, drug or alcohol abuse, social withdrawal, and more.
From: American Psychological Association’s “Stress in America” report, 2010
Some ways to reduce stress:

  • Talking to someone you trust is very effective for reducing stress as long as it is therapeutic and fact-oriented rather than negative and gossip-oriented.
  • Exercise reduces stress and improves health and well being. Yoga is a great stress reducer.
  • Getting adequate sleep helps the body to repair itself and reduces stress and lack of sleep increases stress.
  • Time management and completing tasks reduces stress by bringing control and order while procrastination increases stress. 
  • Avoid stimulants like caffeine, which keep the body from relaxing. 
  • Keep your space orderly and fresh. Take a little time and clear the clutter, get rid of unnecessary ‘stuff’ and bring in some beauty and light.
  • Identify the source or sources of your stressors. Work to solve or cope with it positively. 

Below is a guided meditation from Jack Kornfield that has helped me greatly. There are actually 3 great meditations in the video but the first one particularly deals with difficult and stressful situations and remembering our true ‘Buddha’ nature.