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How much more can we take? These unprecedented times we are living in are causing a lot of stress and anxiety. I don’t think any of us could have ever imagined that we would be living during a pandemic!

I recently saw a cartoon that made me sad. It stated that people don’t know which one they will need first after the pandemic, AA or Weight Watchers. Stress is causing us to use alcohol, food, and other external substances to cope. So, let dive into some stress busters?

Good Stress-Not Distress

I don’t have all of the answers, but I do know there are beneficial things you can do to manage and reduce your stress. We all have stress; however, you must learn how to manage it so it won’t kill you! Good stress happens when you are excited about a promotion, a new relationship, a new baby, and a new house, etc. This type of stress should not cause you distress.

Bad Stress-Distress

This type of stress can wreak habit on your physical, emotional, and spiritual health. As we grow older, our bodies are less able to handle the wear and tear caused by stress. Stress can cause an imbalance of stress hormones. If we have too little of our stress hormones, we get weak and slow down. Too much of it can cause us to be sick and overweight.

Cortisol

Cortisol is a hormone that is secreted when we are stressed. If we are continually stressed, our body will constantly secrete cortisol. Our bodies will eventually break down if we stay in this cycle of stress.

I remember a time in my life being stressed to the max! You probably can identify with me. I had trouble sleeping, weight gain, and decreased joy in just everyday responsibilities. So, what can be done about this stress?

Stress Relief

First, you have to identify those things that are causing the stress. You are responsible for your own reactions. If you can’t change it, don’t sweat it. Don’t live in your past because the past is over. Only focus on the things you can change today.

Focus on solutions and not the problems. If you focus on the problems, you won’t move forward. Try to gain a sense of control so you can reduce the stress.

We all have negative thoughts. It is in our DNA. You can re-program your mind to think good thoughts. It will take some practice to achieve this skill. Keep trying and never give up. You can control your thoughts.

Deep Breathing

Taking a deep breath helps control stress. Has someone ever gotten on your last nerve? Next time this happens, take a deep breath. This actually can calm your nerves and reduce the stress you are feeling. Many of us may have to take a lot of deep breaths!

Breathing from the abdomen will relax your mind and deliver more oxygen to your body. I have an apple watch that has a breathing app that reminds me to deep breathe throughout the day. I recommend you try some deep breathing exercises daily.

Exercise

Moving can calm your mind. It can mellow your mood and decrease your stress level. Exercise just means moving and the best exercise is the one that you enjoy. I have noticed since I have started walking about 30 minutes, 5 days a week, I feel a lot calmer.

Surrounding yourself with positive people will definitely decrease your stress level. Upbeat people will get those happy emotions flowing through your brain. Laugh often because it is good for the soul. Stay away from people who are always doom and gloom. This will feed into your soul and before you know it, you become that person.

Prayer

I start each day with prayer and meditation. I think of all the things I am grateful for. I challenge you to write down the things that you too are grateful for. Gratefulness will produce peace and joy.

Forgiveness

If someone wrongs you, please forgive them. If you don’t forgive them, it will cause bitterness and stress that will sabotage your health. Remember, forgiveness is for you because it protects your heart, soul, and body. Give yourself permission to forgive yourself. You are worth it.

Disclaimer Statement: 

The information is presented for educational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose or prescribe for any medical or psychological condition, nor to prevent, treat, mitigate or cure such conditions. The information contained herein is not intended to replace a one-to-one relationship with a doctor or qualified healthcare professional. Therefore, this information is not intended as medical advice, but rather a sharing of knowledge and information based on research and experience. Carolyn ‘conquered’ cancer encourages you to make your own health care decisions based on your judgment and research in partnership with a qualified healthcare professional.


Carolyn Byrd

Carolyn Byrd has been a Registered Nurse for 38 years. She is a Certified Wellness Coach, Certified Holistic Cancer Coach and a Certified Breast Care Nurse. She recently worked as a Breast Health Navigator where she helped women navigate through their breast cancer journey. Carolyn is an 11-year breast cancer survivor and changed her health and prognosis with the power of whole food nutrition. She had an advanced stage breast cancer. According to statistics, only 1 out of 5 women survive this type of Cancer in the first 5 years. Her health transformation inspired her to become a strong advocate aimed at the physical, mental and spiritual health of others. She knows that it a blessing to go beyond a survivor to a thriver with the best quality of life. She now wants to help give people hope with the gift of health! She is married and have 3 children and 2 granddaughters. She has a passion for helping people have a healthy body, mind and soul.

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