One day while getting up off the couch, I fell and broke both of my arms! Healing has taken alot longer than I expected. I guess that's what comes from no longer being a spring chicken.
I have returned recently to blog writing and started this new blog page for 2019.
Please click out my Mary Jane Blog page for post before that eventful day. Stay tuned to this page for upcoming blogs.
Stress happens to all of us. Sometimes it's unavoidable and at times, it's unbearable. Taking time for yourself is a necessity and can help you to relax, renew, and rejuvenate.
Stress does not merely affect your body and mind; it can also affect you on a cellular level. It has been shown that long-term stress can lead to a wide range of illnesses—from headaches to stomach disorders to depression. What many people don’t realize is stress can also increase the risk of serious conditions like stroke and heart disease.
Understanding the mind/stress/health connection can help you better manage stress and improve your health and well-being.
The Fight or Flight Response is a survival mechanism that is hardwired into our nervous systems. This automatic response is needed to allow us a quick reflex when there is imminent danger, such as swerving to avoid a car crash.
Stress can be caused by an actual event or a perceive threat. As our stress hormones rush into the bloodstream there is an increasing heart rate, blood pressure, and glucose levels. Other hormones can also suppress functions like digestion and the immune system, which is one of the reasons why chronic stress can leave you more vulnerable to illness.
That real or perceived danger mentioned above triggers the stress response, but so can work conflicts. Eighty percent of those surveyed reported feeling stressed at work. Although one bad day at work won't compromise your health, weeks or months of chronic stress can lessen your immune response and raise your risk for disease.
There are two ways I find can reduce stress in your life. Change the situation or change the way you look at that situation.
If you suffer from chronic stress and can't influence or change the situation, then you'll need to change your approach. Be willing to be flexible and remember that you have the ability to choose how you respond to stressors. Recognize when you don't have control, and let it go. Develop coping skills to use when you get anxious about situations that you cannot change.
In my book Tied in Knots, 3 Steps to Reduce Stress, I show readers how to create a vision for healthy living, wellness, and personal growth.
Taking some time each day, even 10 or 15 minutes to relax, can improve your ability to handle life's stressors. Letting go of things in your life causing stress is obvious, but often difficult to do. Mediation, massage, listening to music or exercising are excellent stress relievers. Although you can't avoid stress, with some practice you can minimize it by changing how you choose to respond to it.
FEBRUARY 9, 2019
Self-love or self-care is one of those things that may get put off when we get too busy with work, family, and “stuff”. Being willing to help others when ever asked is something we normally do, but, it’s important to stop and refocus on yourself as well.
If you’ve been too busy lately to dedicate some time to you, Not ever giving yourself self-love, you may start to feel like it’s taking a toll on your body and your health. Self-care doesn’t have to be complex, time consuming or expensive. Here are a few suggestions that may help you feel re-centered and loved.