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April is Stress Awareness Month

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yoga studioStress. It’s a regular part of human life. We were born with impulses to survive. When faced with potential life threatening situations, our physiological response is fight or flight.

The trouble is, in this day and age, we are still having this same physiological response we had since the beginning of our existence, except we are experiencing it in daily doses- sometimes small, sometimes large. Our systems are consistently overreacting to non life-threatening situations.

As we encounter stress on a regular basis, this eventually takes its toll on our overall health.

Of course, in today’s high paced society, it can be a challenge to completely omit stress from our lives, but what we can do is bring awareness to the level of stress in our life and use some important tools to manage and reduce it.

  • Face the truth. Okay, we all have a certain level of stress in our life. Some of it can even be considered positive, like a drive to finish a fulfilling project- but if stress is taking over your life, don’t sweep it under the rug. You can’t change what you don’t acknowledge.
  • Seek support, not isolation. It’s easy to withdraw when life is overwhelming, but it’s much more healing to discuss it with a friend or family member, or a professional that can help with another perspective or solution.
  • An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Have regular stress reducing practices that will keep stress at bay. This could be Yoga, meditation, receiving healing treatments like Reiki, bodywork, or even just quiet time alone. Whatever allows you to achieve the deepest state of relaxation, this is when the body heals itself naturally, and the affects of stress can be reduced.
  • Take ownership of your mindset. This could be a whole article in itself- but, in short, you bring about what you think about, and you can only think one thought at a time. So the next time you’re in a stressful situation, you might as well have the thought that the solution is within you.
  • Elect your health more valuable than the cause of stress. Stress is a major root cause of disease. Choose wisely what you give energy to- and don’t forget to keep your love tank full!

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