As an integrative health therapist, I work with amazing people who are impacted by stress. For years, research has informed us that stress is bad for our health. It can impact our moods, immune system, waist line and cardio vascular system, to just name a few. Interestingly enough, new research is pointing to stress being our friend, depending on how you choose to look at it. For as Buddha wisely said "Happiness doesn't depend on who you are or what you have. It depends solely on what you think." Can changing how we think about stress make your response healthier? Yes!
Do you believe that stress is harmful for your health? If that is your belief, then yes, you have an increased risk of stress being harmful to your health. A research study out of Harvard University found that people who had high stress but believed stress was not harmful to their health, had the smallest risk of stress related health concerns, even less so then people who claimed they had little stress in their lives. Could it be that the belief that stress is bad is more harmful then stress itself? When you change your mind about stress, you can impact how your body responds to stress. Our thoughts, behaviors and feelings are a triangle of connection. Impact one and the others will shift.
Physical symptoms of stress include feeling your heart race, rapid breathing, sweaty hands and feeling jittery. We generally view these signs of stress as a bad thing. What if we changed our script about stress and viewed it as your body physically preparing to manage the stressful event? Your body's genius response to pump more blood and provide more oxygen may be preparing your brain to respond. Changing your thoughts about stress matters and can impact your body's reaction. If you can learn how to change your perspective on stress, you can learn to change your bodies reaction. Your body is rising to the challenge, believe in your body, believe in yourself. How do we develop our resiliency related to our stress response? By impacting the triangle of thoughts, actions and feelings. By thinking about the situation through a different lens, you can trigger your body to react differently. Ask yourself, what does the opportunity hold for you? A chance to be courageous and develop your resilience. Trust yourself to handle life's challenges. Take a different action. Rather than turning inward when stressed, turn towards a friend. Social support and interaction encourage the release of wonderful hormones, such as Oxycontin, that can then physically help your body manage stress.
Ready to change your script for stress management? Let's do it together. Interested in taking steps towards reducing your stress? Let's work together to decrease stress, improve mood, energy and comprehensive wellness with nutrition, activity and cognitive therapeutic support. I look forward to working with you! For more nutrition, health, fitness, mental health and wellness info contact me by email firstname.lastname@example.org. Interested in an integrative health approach? Check us out at SageMED.co to learn more about our amazing team and schedule today, 425-679-6056.
"The greatest medicine of all is teaching people how not to need it." Hippocrates
Marrie is an integrative mental health therapist and health and wellness coach. She is passionate about preventative care, wellness and living a healthy, active, happy and balanced life.