I sit back and rest my head on the bed headboard. I close my eyes. My mind, which is swirling and whirling from the day’s events—starts to drift away. I imagine myself lying on the beach, on the bright white Caribbean sand. Feeling the waves caress my legs. The sun kisses my cheeks as I feel her warmth oh so near. The sound of nature cooing in my ears…..
This scenery is definitely one that can calm a soul in uproar.
I wish that I was there right about now…
This is the third week of school everything was planned out meticulously. I thought that I had everything under control. All the activities are set in place, and I’ve given myself a mental green light. As I go through the actual motions of my plans I realize how much work it is, and that it’s not as easy as 1-2-3.
The reality of this matter is that I’m overwhelmed!!
I’d never thought these words could come bouncing off my lips…well off my finger tips in this case.
As I reflect upon all the things that I am expected to do I realize that it is a lot and I am unsure of how to proceed.
You see, being overwhelmed is a form of stress. Stress is something that we should all try our hardest to avoid. While research has shown leading causes of death to be heart disease, obesity, and cancer…I would like to add that STRESS contributes to the onset of these killer diseases.
We live in a society where stress is almost seen as the norm…
This should not be so!
Stress can affect our bodies in so many different ways.
Stress can cause headaches, muscle tension, pain, fatigue, changes in our sex drive, stomach problems, and sleep problems (Mayo clinic, 2016).
It is also a truism that stress can negatively impact your mood. Stress is known to cause anxiety, restlessness, lack of motivation or focus, feeling overwhelmed, irritability, anger, sadness or depression (Mayo clinic, 2016).
Not only does stress affect our physical bodies and our moods, it can also impact our behavior. Stress can cause overeating or under eating, angry outbursts, reliance on drugs or alcohol, tobacco use, social withdrawal, and a decreased desire to exercise (Mayo clinic, 2016).
As we can see, stress can take a great toll on us.
It is very important for us to manage our stress. If stress goes untreated, it can kill us.
I was talking to a friend the other day with whom I was explaining all of my responsibilities and she could not believe it. She could not fathom how much I had to do, and how I was dealing with it. We joked about it, but she became serious with me. She explained that stress kills and that I did not want it to claim my life…
If you’re stressed, you have to decide if you want to live. Do you want to be available to your spouse, children, family and friends?
If your answer is yes, you must find ways to alleviate your stress. First you need to figure out the source of your stress. Are you stressed because you have too many things to do? Are you stressed with a particular project? Are you stressed by being in a certain environment? Whatever the source is— that must first be determined in order to know the remedy to alleviate your stress.
Some helpful tips to manage stress include letting some of your responsibilities go. You may have to prioritize what’s the most important thing that you have to do, and then figure out what are the things that could wait, or be done away with. Once you have decided what is a priority, focus on that thing and let everything else fall to the wayside.
Other remedies for stress include exercising/physical activity on a regular basis, relaxation techniques, such as deep breathing, meditation, massage therapy, laughing, socializing with family and/or friends, making time for hobbies, such as reading, listening to music, and crotcheting.
This is my quick fix remedy to help alleviate stress. It’s an acronym for stress.
S: Socialize – Talk to people, hang out with friends that make you laugh. Learn to just relax with people who love you, and it can help to reduce your stress
T: Travel – Sometimes the best stress reliever is simply getting out of the situation that you’re in. Take a trip somewhere! It could be as far as the other side of the world like China, or in the USA if you’re already in China. If those two aren’t an option, it could be taking a drive somewhere outside of your current location, just so that you can think and clear your mind.
R: Read – Reading can be one of the most productive stress relievers ever!!! When you read a good book, it’s like you take a pause on your own life, and become a part of that book you are reading. In that moment you forget about your own issues and problems and actually relax.
E: Exercise – Exercise is a great stress reliever. Your body responds in a way that allows you to relax and feel refreshed.
S: Sleep – Sleep can help reduce stress, especially if your stress is caused by a lack of sleep. Sleep helps to restore your body to a stable state, which is important when alleviating stress.
S: Stop – JUST STOP DOING THE THINGS THAT ARE STRESSING YOU OUT! If it’s certain people- STOP hanging out with them. If it’s your job STOP working there. I know that this is a tricky one, but if it were me working in a stressful environment I would have to find another place to work. I don’t want stress to kill me, or leave me in a place where I am completely useless to my family. Truth is that you will be replaced immediately any way if something should happen to you (e.g. – illnesses). So, why not put your health and sanity first. In conclusion, whatever it is that it’s stressing you… just stop it!
We have to take a stand for our health today, because another day under such distress is not guaranteed. So, remember to live, love, and laugh each and every moment that you can.