We often associate stress with the negative aspects of our lives, like when our schedule is swamped, when we have minimal time to throw together a presentation for work, or when your hubby’s mom just keeps swinging by to offer advice for your new house. Stress is nestled within almost every nook and cranny of life, especially when you become a parent. The learning process for being a mother and a wife can lead to an insane amount of responsibility, so before you collapse under the pressure it might be time to learn how to divert all that energy! Instead of allowing your anxiety to overwhelm you, you can take control and find a silver lining. Believe it or not, managing your stress has an astounding amount of benefits for your mind and body. Don’t believe us? Keep reading to find out how. Below we’ll discuss what causes stress and then how to bridle that stress and turn it into something good.
What causes stress? We all know the basic symptoms that alert us to impending stress: the sweaty hands, racing thoughts, increased frustration and irritability, etc. Well, when you begin to experience any kind of stress, your body manifests it both physically and mentally. You can obviously see that physical reaction in, say your sweaty hands; likewise, you can see the mental reaction in your racing thoughts. Many professionals would claim that you are experiencing what is commonly referred to as the “fight or flight” response; your nervous system is responding to certain hormones that will ultimately predict your behavior. If you’ve ever stepped into the street without looking and nearly got clocked by a car, you know all about the shaking hands, rapid breath and wide eyes. You (hopefully) managed to leap out of the way just in time. Stress can actually give you a sudden, powerful explosion of speed, strength and heightened senses that, when used in a controlled setting (i.e. not the middle of a road), can give you a huge advantage.
What can stress do for you? Contrary to popular belief, the “fight or flight” response can be more than just a rush of uncontrollable hormones. If you can harness that burst of energy and intuition, you may be surprised by the benefits you could attain. A lot of good can come out of a little stress. Check out these four benefits. (via Huffington Post)
Keep in mind that the benefits of experiencing stress come into play only as long as your anxiety is not long term. Little bursts of stress are perfectly natural, and most people can easily cope with their body’s responses. However, remaining in a state of perpetual anxiety has serious consequences, so make sure you know when it is time to sit back and take a deep breath. For more information, check out our sources: Huffington Post, The American Institute of Stress.
Click here for the original article.
By providing the "skinny" on healthy living trends, SKINNY MOM educates, supports & motivates moms to live their healthiest lives. Skinny Mom provides readers with the latest and greatest healthy living content, products and food and fitness planning. Connect with Skinny Mom through FACEBOOK, TWITTER, PINTEREST and INSTAGRAM.