Over the next 30 days, I’ll be sharing lots of content about relaxing and reducing stress here at Chronic Mom Life. It’s so important for women in every walk and season of life and as a special needs mom who lives with chronic illness herself, it’s a subject that’s always on my mind. We live in a crazy busy world where we’re always reachable, a 24 hour news cycle that doesn’t let up, email alerts, as well as advertising. Not only that, but social media puts us under a lot of pressure to document the perfect life! Finally, we’re juggling families, careers and possibly being caregivers as well. At the same time many are struggling to pay off student debts and mortgages.
Is it any wonder that we’re more stressed than ever and stress related illnesses are on the rise? I’m personally convinced that my dystonia diagnosis partly came as a result of years of frenzied living without taking the time out for self care and relaxation.
Begin today to learn how to relax more and take a more intentional approach to stress reduction. Believe me, if you don’t plan it will never happen! I invite you to do just with me over the course of the next 30 days (it’s an ongoing process!) Every day I’ll have a new tip or idea to share with you on stress reduction. To make sure you don’t miss a thing, just sign up below to continue on the 30 day Stress Reduction Challenge and receive daily emails to help you stay on track.
To get started, let’s look at how making an intentional effort to relax more can help us reduce stress. Feeling stressed is an ancient biochemical process that has served us well over the course of human history. It’s our Creator’s way of quickly putting our body on high alert. This process is designed to get us ready for unplanned physical stresses like running away, or fighting. This coping mechanism definitely has its time and place but if we’re operating in a constant state of stress, it opens the door to a host of health problems. We have to find other coping mechanisms and different ways to calm back down and that’s where making an effort to relax more comes in.
Have you ever gone through a period in your life where you drank way too much coffee, diet sodas or energy drinks? At first, that caffeine jolt will wake you up and keep you alert for a couple of hours. But then, as you start to drink more and more throughout the day, it takes larger quantities of caffeine to get the same effect. Your body builds up a caffeine tolerance. And then you NEED it. It’s the same process with stress. The more often we are stressed, the more adrenaline and other stimulating substances and hormones the body has to dump into our system to get the same reaction. The problem is that being too stressed too often takes its toll on the body. We need to practice stress reduction on a daily basis.
For coffee addiction, there are several things we can do. I’ve personally never been able to give it up completely! But I do keep it to 1-2 cups (and they are big cups…) in the morning. I keep them healthy by not using sugar or processed creamers and prepare keto coffee most mornings. Others might want to choose an herbal tea or a caffeine substitute such as Teecino. After a while your caffeine tolerance will return to normal.
Stress works the same way. We can down-cycle the hormone release by making an effort to relax more and stress less. Not only will it greatly benefit your overall health, you’ll also feel better without all those extra stimulants coursing through your system 24/7.
I hope you join me on my path of stress reduction by learning to make self care a priority and relax more during the coming 30 days and beyond.
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