Stress & Resilience: What You Need to Know
We all experience stress. It's a normal and necessary part of life. But what happens when stress becomes overwhelming? When it starts to impact our daily lives and our ability to function? That's when it's time to seek help.
At its most basic, stress is our body's response to anything that requires extra energy or resources. When we perceive a threat, our body goes into "fight-or-flight" mode, releasing hormones like adrenaline and cortisol. This gives us the energy and strength we need to deal with the threat. Once the threat is gone, our body returns to normal.
But sometimes, the stressors in our lives are constant, and our bodies never get a chance to return to normal. That's when we start to experience negative effects like anxiety, depression, and even physical illness. That's also when resilience comes in. Resilience is our ability to cope with stress and adversity. It's what helps us "bounce back" from difficult experiences.
There are things we can do to build resilience and reduce the negative effects of stress in our lives. In this blog post, we'll explore some of those things.
Identify Your Sources of Stress
The first step in managing your stress is to identify your sources of stress. What are the things in your life that cause you anxiety or make you feel overwhelmed? Once you've identified your sources of stress, you can start to develop a plan for dealing with them.
Some common sources of stress include:
- The news
- Social media
- Climate change
- Time pressure/lack of time
Develop Healthy Coping Mechanisms
Once you've identified your sources of stress, it's important to develop healthy coping mechanisms for dealing with them. Some healthy coping mechanisms include:
- Exercise - Meditation/relaxation techniques - journaling - Spending time in nature - Talking to someone you trust about your stresses - Getting enough sleep - Eating a healthy diet - Practicing self-care There are many other healthy coping mechanisms out there; these are just a few examples. The important thing is to find what works for you and make it a part of your regular routine. Seek Professional Help If Necessary. If you find that you're struggling to cope with your stressors on your own, don't hesitate to seek professional help from a therapist or counselor or coach. They can help you develop healthy coping mechanisms and provide support during difficult times. Building resilience takes time; there's no shame in seeking help along the way.
Stress is a normal part of life, but it can become overwhelming if we don't have the tools to deal with it effectively. By identifying our sources of stress and developing healthy coping mechanisms, we can build resilience and protect ourselves from the negative effects of chronic stress. If you find yourself struggling to cope with your stressors, don't hesitate to seek professional help; they can provide support and guidance during difficult times.