Shift Your Thinking, Shift Your Health: Stress

All Time High

Stress levels are at an all-time high in the world today. With all the technology and advancements in our society, stress has continued to rise higher than ever before. There is tension in the atmosphere with social distancing and whether people near you are wearing masks or are not. Many people have lost their jobs on top of worry or fear for their health. This ongoing stress can cause multiple underlying symptoms to arise. In order to avoid health issues, you need to prioritize managing your stress.

Underlying Cause

Stress is the cause of most of our health issues. When your body is stressed, it causes inflammation throughout the body. It is important to focus on reducing the stressors in your life as well as becoming more resilient to stress. Stress is not always bad; it creates momentum for action. Continuous stress, however, is what shifts our body to become unhealthy. Your body will stay in a fight or flight mode which ultimately suppresses the functionality of your body. Luckily, there are many ways to avoid this.

The Types of Stress

There are three types of stress: chemical, physical, and emotional. Instead of only viewing stress as a mental state, start viewing it as an environmental issue. Physical stress can be caused by car accidents or even the birthing process. Chemical stress can be caused by toxic products within your home or processed foods and medications you take. Emotional stress is equally as important to address. Adding or removing certain factors will make a drastic difference in your health.

Three Practical Tips to Reduce Stress Now

1. Ashwagandha

This adaptogenic herb works for many symptoms across the board. Ashwagandha is an adaptogen, meaning it assists your body to come into a state of homeostasis. This reduces fight or flight mode and lowers cortisol levels. It also allows your body to adapt to the stressors in your environment. This herb is used for many issues including depression.

2. Eliminate the News

They are geared to make you stressed out. Our whole society would look different if everyone stopped watching the news every day. You can take this another step and get rid of cable as a whole. When you eliminate the endless input cable gives, you will eliminate many stressors. You can be in control of what you listen to and believe. Inform yourself through outlets detached from the media.

3. Time

Wake up 30 minutes earlier each day and pray. Write a list of people you love and things you are grateful for. When you allow yourself extra time, disconnected to social media, and others, you create the tone for your everyday life. Focusing on gratefulness will decrease stressors. Allow God to renew your mind daily. Prioritizing your time, simply by 30 minutes, will create drastic changes in your life.