Stress can feel good (think of a job promotion). Stress can also feel bad (like that recent argument with a loved one) – and exhausting! When we feel stressed, our body secretes hormones cortisol and adrenaline which can cause sudden alertness…and then leave our energy level at rock bottom. Chronic stress can also affect our health and weight.
How’s your stress level right now? And, how are you managing your stressful situations? Below is just one of my many video messages that will help you better manage your negative stress (the written transcription is just below the video).
Today’s Reboot Challenge
Notice how you manage typical stressors in your life on different days…depending on sleep, what you eat, how much exercise you get, etc.
Transcription of the Stress Management Video
Boo! Did I scare you? Good…that was my intention since today’s topic is about stress.
When we feel threatened – in a near car accident, getting attacked by a bear, or by my face so close to the camera, our body secretes hormones that initiates the stress response – or what’s called the “fight or flight” response. Our blood pressure, pulse, and breathing increase. Our blood glucose increases, too. All to provide our body with the extra oxygen and glucose needed if there’s a bear coming at us and we need to fight back or run.
All this is good. If that reaction is needed to save our life. But, let’s face it. Most of the things that get us upset aren’t life-threatening.
What’s the problem with experiencing this stress reaction? Thinking back to your most recent near car accident, do you remember how you felt? Right after you’re totally alert! But, shortly afterwards you’re left feeling exhausted.
Because that can affect how your body responds when changes are announced at work, when we listen to the news, or when loved ones say things that tick us off.
I’m qualified to speak about this because frankly, while I’m getting better and better everyday, I can still get myself in a tizzy too. When it really doesn’t matter. When it really doesn’t change the outcome… except that it hurts me. And, hurts you, too. Chronic stress can lead to physical problems such as gastrointestinal issues, backaches, headaches, high blood pressure, high blood sugar, insomnia, and so much more.
Here’s your challenge. I just want you to notice when YOU feel this stress response coming on – what kinds of things get your goat? And, then notice other people’s reactions, too.
I remember, years back, I worked with a guy that never got upset – so I asked him why. He responded, “I suffered a heart attack when I was just 39. That’s when I decided that everyday above ground is a gift and I don’t let anything take that away from me. Powerful, huh?
So, for now, just notice your stress response. Others’ stress responses. Just observe. We’ll talk about how we can better manage our stress in other videos.