I don't think it's any secret that stress levels are running a little high right now.
If you are anything like me, someone who likes to plan, the unknown is what is the most stressful. But when it comes down to it, the current situation, with all it's lockdowns, stay-at-home orders, and social distancing is just circumstance, and an in-your-face reminder that some things are not in our control.
But many things still are.
While we may not control the cause of our stress, we can control our response.
When I get stressed I reach for food. It's not even always the sweets and crap either. Sometimes it's just eating plain too much of whatever is in front of me. That's a stress response, and over a very short period of time it has unintended consequences. Like 10 extra pounds.
One of my other responses is a really short fuse. Things that normally would roll now build up and can explode in a torrent of hurtful words. I am not proud of it, in fact it makes me want to crawl into a hole.
And this isn't just a matter of negative emotions either. Your healthy is seriously impacted when stress is not recognized and steps taken to manage it. Chronic stress wreaks havoc on your hormones, cause harmful inflammation by raising cortisol levels, causes weight gain and many other pathologies we are just learning about.
So what can we do about it?
The first step to dealing with stress is actually noticing you are getting stressed before it reaches the "poor decision making" point. What is causing it? Can you step away from the "trigger" for awhile? If not, what are some good ways to deal with it?
I would encourage you to download your "Beat the Stress" guide, which contains 24 ways to reduce stress not only in the midst of Covid-19, but all the time.
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Your body, and maybe those you are quarantine with, will thank you for it.
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