My dear friend, Will van Zyl, a Wellbeing and Performance Coach, and I have done something different this week. We both agree that stress management and understanding how to use stress (the positive kind) to our advantage is so so important in today’s world.
And so we’ve made a video about it to share our thoughts.
I hope this will prove ever so helpful to you. I really do!
What is stress anyway?
There are so many definitions of what stress is. One of my most favourite ones is: “Stress is the trash of modern life. We all generate it but if we don’t dispose of it properly, it will pile up and overtake your life”.
But stress is a good thing also.
For starters, it has made us survive throughout the entire history of our species. The stress response in our body allowed our predecessors to run that much faster or fight that much harder to fight off the enemy.
The positive stress – eustress – also makes us temporarily smarter (literally!) as the blood vessels widen rather than contract, allowing more blood flow to the brain. Magic.
Why stress management?
As hinted in the stress definition above, rest and recovery are ever so important for our body to ‘shake off’ and snap out of the stress response after the threat has vanished.
But in our modern world, with stressors being of a more psychological nature, this might become a little difficult. The perception of stress, your awareness of your stress response, and how you react during and after the stressful event become all part and parcel of how stress impacts your life.
Decreasing the number of stressors where possible, building your resilience to stress, and learning about stress management techniques is therefore key in stress management.
Stress management techniques
Are you eating well? Drinking well – are you hydrated enough? Are you moving well? Sleeping well? Thinking well? Resting well?
This may sound overwhelming but it’s not meant to. Simply see it as this wide toolset of stress management techniques at your disposal, that you can mix and match in your life depending on the situation.
Stressed at work today (which will likely increase your cortisol levels)? How about using nasal breathing throughout the day and take supplements aimed at supporting your adrenal glands (that produce the said cortisol)?
Stress is a natural part of our lives. Let’s learn how to use it to your advantage!
Now, I’d love to hear about your experiences with stress and what stress management techniques have worked for you. Hit me up and let me know.
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