Here’s what we know about stress: Despite being considered a mental health concern, it actually touches all aspects of our health: mental, physical, emotional.
Usually when we talk about stress we think of looming deadlines, big life events, or worries both personal and professional. But, what’s important to note is that not all stress is created equal. We need a certain amount of stress to keep going every day but managing that stress so it doesn’t tip over to the ‘danger zone’ is a life skill we can all hone.
Some stress can even be good.
Read on to learn:
- Why so many of us are so stressed
- What to look for if stress threatens to tip into the chronic space
- How to manage stress
When Stress is Good and When It’s Not
Eustress, quite simply, is beneficial stress. It produces feelings of excitement and causes a chemical reaction in our body. If you’re about to run a race, present in a big meeting, or maybe move house or have a baby, your body wants you to be alert, focused, and ready to go. If you think back to the last time you felt an excitable energy, that’s eustress in action.
Distress, on the other hand, is exactly what it sounds like. It’s when our body experiences that same chemical reaction, but instead we feel overwhelmed, we can’t focus on much else, and we feel incapable of the tasks that we face. It’s that feeling we get when we’re never fully on top of things and our mind is telling us that we have a long and difficult road ahead.
Why are so many of us stressed?
In all the ways that the modern world makes life easier, unfortunately it can make us more stressed.
With the invention of the smartphone we had the world at our literal fingertips which means:
- We’re uber-connected but that means we’re reachable at any time, by anyone.
- We don’t need to worry about missing the 6 o’clock news, but that means an alarming alert can find us any time.
- We can get the answer to any question that pops into our head, but that means we have more information than we need or know what to do with.
- We can interact with people we admire, but that means that we start to compare ourselves to people we have never met, and likely will never meet.
It’s no wonder we feel on edge, or that our moods can take a dip, and that’s before we consider family concerns, financial pressures, work, global issues, and of course - a pandemic.
But, as we’ve just discovered - there’s a flipside to everything and with more stressed people, come more solutions to stress and we know more about this issue than ever before and are loaded with techniques, tips, and advice on how to manage it, before it rules us.
Most of us can manage a day or two of this but when it becomes chronic, we want to take the reins and find a sense of inner calm.
How do we know we are reaching our stress limit?
Let’s take a moment now to check in with our stress levels. Ask yourself the following questions with one of three possible answers: rarely, often, or always.
- Do you find it hard to relax at the end of day?
- Has your sleep been impacted due to stress throughout the day?
- Do you feel easily irritable or annoyed by otherwise innocuous things?
If you answered often or always to one or more, you might benefit from some stress management strategies. To get a more comprehensive view on how stress may be affecting you (and what might help) take our quiz on energy, stress, and anxiety.
So, how do we manage stress? 3 steps to managing stress
Before we can de-stress we need to recognise the signs we are stressed or on the way. When stress creeps up on us, the signs of stress become familiar and we risk not recognising them as abnormal.
Stopping ourselves in the moment and preventing stress from becoming chronic or long-term will benefit our mental, physical, and emotional wellbeing.
Extra stress means extra cortisol which means extra demand on nutrient stores and when we have extra nutrient demand but neglect to keep them topped up, it leads to exhaustion! Try adding these 5 Nutrients to support your stress levels to your daily intake.
If your stress levels feel consistently raised and don’t end when the stressful circumstances end, try BePure Inner Strength for ongoing nutritional support. Inner Strength builds our resilience and its blend of adaptogenic herbs help us manage with our busy, modern life. BePure InnerCalm is here to help relax the mind and body and soothe us back to balance.
Think you could be on the road to burnout? Read our blog 5 Signs of Burnout and What To Do About It.
Take the BePure Energy, Anxiety & Your Stress Quiz and check in on how your energy levels and anxiety indicators measure up.