Falling in love with Life
The past several months have been hectic to say the least. The unexpected arrival of a pandemic which led to shelter in place, curfews, delayed moves, and job losses has created a world filled with stress. Everyday activities are more difficult to complete, take longer, and at times can be downright frustrating.
In the current environment it is more important than ever to focus on our emotional health, to see the joy in the small moments, and to learn to love life again. We cannot allow the stress of situations we cannot change to rule our lives. Prolonged periods of stress can lead to harmful side-effects, those which can affect your long-term health. We must learn to manage the stress, we must find ways to manage a situation which is out of our control.
Change, both expected and unexpected, lack of control over situations, and not knowing what the future holds are among the highest stressors present. Starting a new job, going through major life changes and moving are also on this list. At the present moment, we are each experiencing several of these high stressors at the same time. It is vital we learn to manage our stress.
Stress can make us feel anxious, short tempered, overwhelmed, and even angry. Stress can mimic several other challenges many of us experience daily. Our bodies will react negatively to prolonged periods of stress, we will see the results in our gut health, an increased number of headaches, and even in the onset of chronic diseases. Many of us manage stress by eating, watching more television, or turning to social media. These are not healthy ways to manage stress, and can lead to unwanted side-effects as well.
One of the best ways to manage stress is to go outside. The fresh air and sunlight will instantly lift your spirits. Taking short walks throughout the day will lessen stress. Eating less processed food, cutting back on caffeinated beverages, and increasing your consumption of fruits and vegetables will also help.
Spending time with your family, playing with your children, or enjoying a quiet moment with your significant other can help you reduce stress as well. Enjoying a hobby, talking to a friend, or volunteering will also help.
The goal of managing stress is to not let it control you. Find things in your life you can control and focus on these. Seeing beauty in everyday activities, enjoying the way the sun shines through the clouds, or laughing until you cry are sure cures for stress.
We will share more tips with you throughout the month and share our favorite stress reducers. We hope you will share your tips and favorite activities with us. Creating a community, being a part of a group will make us all feel less stressed.