We all experience stress.
It’s a part of life and part of being human.
While some of us may experience more stress than others, one thing is certain…
We can’t simply ignore those things that bring add stress to our daily lives.
The question is:
How can we increase our body’s ability to handle stress, and make stress actually work for us and not against us?
Here are 4 ways you can help adapt to stress and reduce its detrimental effects on your body.
1. Been there, done that
The fact that you’re reading this right now means that you’ve survived and gotten through every single stressful event before today.
You have done this before, and you will do this again.
Each time you experience stressful events your body will start to learn how to respond.
It learns to cope.
2.Turn a negative into a positive
You’ve always heard the saying, “turn that frown, upside down.”
Rather than think about how your palms are sweaty, (knees weak, arms are heavy) think about how those physical reactions to a stressful situation related to your body’s ability to help you get through the current situation.
Appreciate that your body has the capability to help you get through whatever life is trying to throw at it. That’s pretty extraordinary.
Viewing your body’s changes to stress as purposeful rather than debilitating can make all the difference in how you come out of whatever life is throwing your way.
3. Move more
Your body’s stress pathways are intimately tied to your movement pathways.
When you move more, you turn up the body’s autoregulatory systems and turn down the negative effects of stress.
4. Focus on what you can control vs can’t control – 2 islands
Here’s an exercise that helps – on a sheet of paper create two islands.
On one island write down everything that you don’t have control over, and on the other island write down everything you do have control over.
What island do you think you should live on?
How do you cope with stress?