Are you chronically stressed?
April is Stress Awareness Month in the United States. This is an important month for us. Chronic Stress contributes to illness more than other considered factor. It’s the whole reason I became the Wellbeing Messenger.
61% of the population of the United States identifies as being chronically stressed
Chronic stress is the type of stress we need to worry about. Chronic stress is when we face stressors that take a toll and feel inescapable, repeatedly (experts say 90 days or more). A stressful job or an unhappy home life can bring on chronic stress. If you’d like to learn more about stress, click here.
The stress in my life showed up as pain all over every day, all day. Nights I would walk around the house crying, pounding my legs, and showering in hot scalding water in an attempt to numb the pain. When I walked my legs burned. When I didn’t walk, my knees felt like they were in knots. My arms felt like they were swollen and bruised. When I got dressed, or someone touched me, I jumped in the surprise pain. My head hurt every day for years. My eyes became sensitive to light, and my ears became sensitive to noise. And yet, I looked fine, unless you looked into my eyes, where you could see the pain.
At my worst, I had 26 symptoms, and I was on 11 medications in an attempt to manage my pain, sleep, and mental state. I felt ashamed and alone, and I thought I was going to die that way. But I was very lucky. I didn’t. I reclaimed my life instead and I learned 2 major lessons.
First, I found that I was not alone. Approximately 5% of the nation, or 15.9 million people, are going through what I went through, or a version of it, because of issues related to chronic stress.
Second, I discovered that it was all entirely avoidable. All my dis-eases were created by the way I dealt with the stress in my life, my lifestyle. That was hard to admit, but it is true. I had some habits I honestly didn’t know were damaging. Everyone around me was living the same way.
However, as I changed my thinking, I healed my life. I share how I recovered in my book, Be a Spiritual Girl in a Material World | Achieve Radical Personal Success Without Sacrificing Your Health, Wealth, and Happiness. I also share the other things I learned and the lifestyle management system I created to help us navigate the stress and chaos that shows up in everyday life so we can all stop sacrificing our health, wealth, and happiness to achieve true success.
The Wellbeing Messenger’s Approach to Soothe Stress Fast
Life doesn’t stop for anyone. We must learn to deal with, or process, our stress so it doesn’t damage our wellbeing. I lost everything during that time I shared with you and took years to return to some sense of normalcy.
3 Ways to Soothe Stress Fast
Here are a few ways you can soothe stress when faced with the chaos of the Material World.
Set The Intention | This is a clever distraction as our minds cannot process two thoughts simultaneously. When you feel stressed out, use a mantra to change your mindset. Here are a few affirmations to use when stress rears its ugly head:
I focus on impactful actions.
I tap into an endless bounty of talent I utilize every day.
I deserve the best. I am in the process of positive change.
Breath Into Mantra | It’s simple. When you feel kind of off or think it’s going to be a rough day, a mantra can save the day. Create a mantra that you can focus on when low-vibe feelings come on strong and threaten to ruin your day. A few of my favorite mantras are:
I am abundance defined.
What I want matters. What I think matters. I matter.
A river of compassion heals my stress and replaces it with love.
Reset Your Mindset | Anchoring is a technique I learned in Neurolinguistics Training, and we use it to tap into our mental power. You can use this technique as a reminder when you’re feeling low-vibe. This is how you set your anchor:
- Go somewhere quiet where you can be comfortable and alone for 5 minutes. Once you are comfortable, close your eyes and focus on your breathing. Continue breathing deeply until you are fully relaxed.
- Once you’re relaxed, breathe normally. Think of the last time you were completely relaxed and entirely stress-free. Who were you with? What were you doing? Where were you? What did you smell? Really let yourself relive that moment.
- If you can’t think of the last good time you had, it’s all good. Create a good time and fill it with all the details I share above to create a clear vision for yourself.
- Allow yourself to feel those feelings like you are there, in that space.
- Squeeze the wrist of your non-dominant hand firmly.
- Open your eyes and take a deep breath.
- Repeat the process two more times.
You have just set your anchor. Now, when you feel stressed out, squeeze your wrist firmly, and you will trigger your relaxed feelings. The more you use your anchor the better it gets at supporting you, so use this anchor often and realize more and more of its benefits.
There are tons of way to direct your mind to be more supportive to help you get through the stress of everyday life in a way that doesn’t tear you down. This is just a few of them.
How do you keep stress from building up? I’d love to know. Please share your ah-has, comments, questions, and thoughts. Email me at Carmen[at]WellbeingMessenger[dot]com. I am here for you and I personally read, and respond to all of my emails and comments.
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Until next time, live with passion, purpose, and play.
Carmen M. Perez, Your Wellbeing Messenger
Growth ~ Marketing ~ Performance
Author, Motivational Speaker, Trainer, Mother, Wife, and Lover of Life