.Welcome back empowered readers,
For this weeks empowered journal I wanted to discuss the concept of stress and how one can OWN their stress. After reflecting on a pamphlet at a physician’s office, it stated that if someone is experiencing high blood pressure one should make steps to eliminating or lessening the amount of stress in one’s life. Although I agree with that piece of advice up to a point, I couldn’t help but reflect on the fact that wouldn’t the more beneficial way to help cope with stress is to…
Change how one reacts to stress?
The fact of the matter is, is that stress is inevitable and that not all stress can be avoided, eliminated or lessened. Stress forms and manifests in many different ways and areas throughout life. There is “good” stress that can motivate you by propelling you forward and helps you to achieve goals, for example, by pursuing further education. These are generally relatively short bouts of stress and provide motivation to help get something done or to help overcome an obstacle. There are also other forms of stress that can present, for example, through one’s environment. This can be experienced through surviving a natural disaster, like a hurricane or earthquake. Stress is key for survival, but too much stress can be detrimental. Then there is “bad” stress, this type of stress can stay around for weeks or months and can weaken the immune system and cause such health effects like high blood pressure, fatigue, depression, anxiety and even heart disease.
So, this leads to the question…. “How can I change how I react to stress?”
Ways to OWN Your Stress
Are you experiencing physical, psychological and emotional impacts of stress on your well-being? Seeking support from a counsellor can help you cope with such life issues as work-related stress, bereavement, an upsetting physical health condition or a difficult life event. Reach out today.
To your empowered wellness,
Exchiela Benusic, MA