Stress is the silent killer that we are all too familiar with it, but we’re not doing enough about it.
We’ve all experienced that heart-racing feeling, tight chest, sweating palms, and racing thoughts. And if you haven’t, lucky you, you’re in the minority!
In the UK, about 80% of GP appointments are stress-related. 80%!!! Consider the thousands of hours of life that are lost to stress every year. 17 million working days were lost due to work-related stress, depression, or anxiety in 2021/22. And 914,000 workers are suffering from work-related stress, depression or anxiety. That’s overtaken work-related musculoskeletal disorders as the number one work-related illness.
Stress is on the rise and not the decrease. It’s like a pandemic that’s slowly killing us from the inside. I’d like to tell you it has nothing to do with the fast-paced lifestyles but I can’t. I’d like to tell you our fast pace is going to slow, but I can’t. There’s hope because stress isn’t what most people think it is and when you have a better understanding of what it is, you’re in a much better position to do something about it.
So let me explore with you what stress is, how it affects us, and how we can overcome it. I also have an invite at the end you’ll not want to miss.
What is stress?
Stress is a process of the mind that happens when we perceive a threat to our well-being, whether that’s physical, emotional, or psychological. It’s our body’s alarm system that tells us to take action and protect ourselves. Stress is not always a bad thing. In small doses, it can motivate us to take action, but when it becomes chronic, it is detrimental to our health and well-being. Chronic stress can lead to anxiety, depression, heart disease, and other health problems.
So, how can we overcome stress?
Understand your triggers and sort those out. This involves taking a step back and looking at your life to identify the sources of stress. It could be your job, relationship, financial situation, or even your daily commute. Once you identify the triggers, you can take steps to reduce or eliminate them. This may mean changing jobs, ending toxic relationships, or even moving house.
Another way to overcome stress is to step out of your comfort zone. Doing things that challenge you can build resilience and reduce stress levels. It doesn’t have to be anything big, it could be as simple as trying a new hobby, having a conversation with a stranger, or taking a different route home. Stepping out of your comfort zone can also boost your confidence and self-esteem. As these increase, stress tends to reduce.
Mindfulness work is also effective in helping us overcome stress. Mindfulness involves paying attention to the present moment without judgment. It’s a way to calm the mind, and that reduces stress levels. By practicing mindfulness, we become more aware of our thoughts and emotions, and we learn to respond to them in a more compassionate and effective way. Mindfulness can be practiced through meditation, yoga, breathing exercises, and other techniques.
Stress is a big issue that affects us all, but it doesn’t have to control our lives. In fact, it’s possible to be stress-free in almost all situations. Starting with understanding our triggers, stepping out of our comfort zone, and incorporating mindfulness practices into our daily routine, we can overcome stress and live our lives to the fullest.
Overcoming stress is a process that requires patience, commitment, and consistency. But the rewards are epic. More presence, better relationships, productivity, and a longer life are just some of the benefits of conquering stress.
It’s well worth the effort, so let me help you.
Please don’t suffer in silence.