Ever feel like you don’t have enough time to get everything done? Just wiped-out at the end of the day? It seems like everyone is stressed out these days. Always wanting more hours in the day. Not sleeping enough. Running around trying to get a million things done. I know from experience that it’s easy to brush it all off as something temporary that you just have to endure. Saying things like “I just have a bazillion things going on right now” or “it will be better when ‘_______’ happens.”
What if “blank” doesn’t happen? What if you always have a lot going on?
When you encounter something that your body sees as a threat (whether a grizzly bear or a busy schedule), it goes into “fight-or-flight” mode, preparing itself to respond. Your blood pressure increases, your digestion slows down, your muscles tense up. Your body is on high alert. Ready to escape that bear! When the threat no longer exists, the body “rests-and-digests.”
If you are always stressed, your body is always on high alert. Stress has been linked to many health problems, like ulcers, migraines, anxiety, and even some potentially deadly conditions, like heart attack and stroke. The list could go on and on.
Stress is serious stuff. What can you do?
Some lessons I’ve learned:
- Don’t ignore it and think it will just go away.
- Decide to do something about it and do it. Do what, you ask? Lots of people find that running helps them manage stress. I hate running, so that won’t work for me. Find things that work for you: a hobby,exercise, meditation. My favorite is massage (you had to know that one was coming).
- If those things don’t work, ask for help: call your doctor.