There are many components that contribute to the way a person deals with stress. Most of these traits are learned behaviors that are passed onto us from those closest to us as children. This means that we are unconsciously repeating patterns and behaviors that are not always the best approach.
Stress, when acknowledged as a signal to do something, whether it is to make a call, write an email, change your job or make amends is a powerful nudge to get her done! It's when we avoid and procrastinate that makes us stressed out.
Stress is an important signal for us to recognize to get a move on! When we realize that we are stressed, usually making action steps will help tremendously...even if this is making a list of TO DO's.
The practice of asking for help is also a way to alleviate stress. This is particularly hard for some people and it is something we could all practice better. Knowing you are going to be tackling some of your To Do's with someone that you like to spend time with, makes it productive AND fun!
Relieving stress that is in the body is important as well. We all know that stress in the body is a prescription for illness, pain and disease. Again, taking action is the way to go............put your favorite tunes on and dance while you cook or clean or play; walking meditations where you visualize while you say your current mantra; one of my most recent faves.....Nadi Shodhana: the Practice of Alternate Nostril Breathing; yoga and meditation are great as they get us out of mind and give us an expansive vision.
I personally think of myself as an athlete during times of stress. I work hard to stay focused on what is the priority. My list today was pretty long and it helped as I got my athlete's skin on and pushed through the exercises (my to do's) as I kept my vision clear on my personal goals. I practice walking and talking and doing and moving as if I am my future self and keep my heart's desires in the forefront. Here is one of my favorite videos that reminds me that greatness doesn't just happen....."It's what you do in the dark, that puts you in the light".
I don't know what I'd do without my body workers - Reiki, Acupuncture and massage....they literally transform me and it feels so good to RECEIVE!
Distress is when we have loss of some kind. This is a time for nurturing and self care. Create a good balance between alone time and being with those you love. Get in nature and let her nurture you feel the presence and support of the earth. Release work is vital to moving the energy out of the body. Our bodies hold on and become tense with the emotions we don't let go of. Of course, my favorite way to release body energies is the Shamanic Breathwork (Jan. 6th) where the intention, music and space allows for a safe place to let go and surrender to something to higher vibrations.
Emotions are contagious, so take care of what you share and who you are around. When you find yourself in the midst of unpleasant emotions, visualize the release through your breath and let it go! Everything is intention and our bodies become the mind's unconscious reaction to the environment. So take control, nurture your nature and......