Unless you permanently live on a tropical island somewhere, stress is an everyday occurrence for most of us. Sometimes it comes from small irritants, like, dealing with "rush hour" traffic, trying to manuever through a "phone tree" that seems to lead nowhere, the toliet overflowing, or hearing your kids argue in the back seat while you take them to another one of their activities. Sometimes stress comes from recurring experiences, such as, deadlines at work, the bills that need to be paid, or the daily chores of taking care of a home and family. And sometimes stress sends shock waves through your life through something catastrophic, such as, dealing with the aftermath of a car accident, a diagnosis of cancer, a job lay-off, having your identity stolen, or being with a loved one in Hospice.
Life truly is difficult sometimes, and when you consider the fact that we are bombarded with new information every day through the internet, TV, and social media, and that others have immediate access to us at all hours of the day and night via email, text, and cell phones, it is not surprising that we feel stressed. How many times have you said, "I really need a vacation?" Taking a one-week vacation can do wonders for your sense of well-being that week, but have you noticed how quickly you slide right back into that stressed lifestyle when you return from your break?
Stress is not always a bad thing, though. For example, when you have a deadline at work, feeling stressed can activate your creativity. Or when you need to get out of a dangerous situation, your body's adrenaline response can help you think more clearly and move to safety more quickly. The problem is that many people today live such a rushed, stressed life that adrenaline and cortisol levels are constantly high. It's as though the "fight or flight button" got stuck in the "on" position. And your body pays a high price for it! Stress can lead to high blood pressure and heart attacks. It can contribute to headaches, gastro-intestinal issues, pain in various places in your body, sleep problems, and even hair loss. It can also be an underlying factor in depression, diabetes, obesity, and a weakened immune system. The price you pay may also include aging more quickly than normal. There is no longer any doubt...research shows that stress is making us sick. It is now estimated that about three-quarters of all visits to a doctor today are stress related.
Thankfully, there are many concrete, practical tools you can learn to manage stress, improve the quality of your life, and help you feel better physically, mentally and emotionally.
Call 480-603-5360, or contact me through the form below to set up an appointment to learn tools for managing stress and feeling greater peace.