Some people become more active to avoid feelings they don’t want to have; others become apathetic and can't get off the couch. I know what those things look like and how it feels to put up a strong front and smile when life hurls giant lemons at you. I've learned you can dodge your difficulties for only so long. At some point you have to face the challenges head on.
We get stressed when we feel we have no control in a situation — when we feel vulnerable and helpless and don’t believe we have enough resources to handle the challenge. When our stress button is pressed, we go into fight-or-flight mode. That’s our body’s instinctive physical response to a threatening situation. The body releases the hormone cortisol, our heart races, blood pressure goes up and we breathe faster. We’re prepared to either fight or run away. After the threat is gone, it takes our body 20 minutes to an hour to return to its regular state.
Every living being — human and animals alike — experiences the emotion of fight-or-flight when threatened. It’s normal and what has kept us alive for centuries.
What’s not valuable — and becomes damaging to our health and well-being — is when we stay stuck in fight-or-flight mode. Without a way to cope with our threatening feelings fears, they begin to break us down.
See my stress-reducing steps below:
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1. CHANGE YOUR PERSPECTIVE ON STRESS
2. DEVELOP QUICK STRESS RELIEVERS
3. ESTABLISH LIFESTYLE STRESS-RELIEVER HABITS
4. BUILD YOUR PERSONAL RESOURCES
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