This week has been very taxing on my energy. As I reflected on way I was so depleted, I was reminded of a post I did in February about the effects stress has on the body. Although I do my coherence exercised daily, this week was particularly challenging for my emotionally as I trained for a half marathon, supported friends with emotional challenges, coordinated a workshop for 25 people, and prepared for one of biggest speaking engagements of my career on a topic I created myself. I hope this reblog on stress helps you as much as it helped me:
How stressed are you? Everyone responds to stress differently. Take this quick test to see if you are experiencing stress. The items you check will reveal how much stress is affecting your life.
❏ I feel overly tired or fatigued.
❏ I often am nervous, anxious or depressed.
❏ I have sleep problems….
❏ I have repeated headaches or minor aches and pains.
❏ I worry about my job, finances, relationships.
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms above, look at what stress is doing to your body:
What can I do about it? The first step is to understand how stress works. It’s not the events or situations that do the harm, but rather how you respond to those events. More precisely, it’s how you feel about them that determines whether you are stressed. Emotions, or feelings have a powerful impact on the human body. Positive emotions like appreciation, care and love not only feel good, they are good for you. They help your body’s systems synchronize and work better, as a well-tuned car. Research has shown that when you intentionally shift to a positive emotion, heart rhythms immediately change. This shift in heart rhythms creates a favorable cascade of neural, hormonal and biochemical events that benefit the entire body. The effects are both immediate and long lasting.
When you start feeling overwhelmed, take a few minutes to try these simple steps adapted from the HeartMath Attitude Breathing® tool.
- Focus on your heart as you breathe in. Focus on your solar plexus(where your ribs connect together just below your heart) as you breathe out.
- Concentrate on a positive or grateful feeling or attitude as you breath in and releasing negative feelings or attitudes as you breath out.
- Lock in this feeling.
- As you become adept at this technique select new feelings and attitudes.