Categories: Gettin The Mind Right

Stress: Cause & Relief

Happy Monday!

This past weekend we held a m.e.l.t. Immersion Weekend in sunny Boca Raton, Florida! Our immersion events are designed to take you out of the hustle & bustle and give you the opportunity to focus strictly on yourself for once! There’s private am yoga, beach workouts, private one on one sessions, nutrition coaching, goal setting, mindfulness, and several other workshops. Among those workshops was one on Stress Relief and where stress actually comes from.

Judging from the group’s reaction and high level of interest & concern regarding stress, I wanted to share some insights with you.

Let’s start with the obvious – STRESS IS BAD

Too much stress can directly lead to:

  • High blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, & heart disease
  • Headaches, digestive issues, muscular pain, fatigue, lack of sleep
  • Feelings of depression, anxiety, being overwhelmed, irritability, & anger
  • Accelerated aging
  • Disrupted digestion & reduced desire to work out and eat clean
  • Hormonal dysfunction and reduced sex drive

The least understood aspect of stress is where it actually comes from.

Our “flight or fight” mechanism is what kept our early ancestors alive and without it, we probably wouldn’t be here right now. It’s essentially our body’s natural response to anything life-threatening. Our bodies use stress, fear or anxiety as warning signs to help protect ourselves.

This mechanism was designed when our stressors were daily survival – literally the possibility of getting eaten by a saber tooth tiger or crushed by a charging mammoth.

Our stressors have long since changed. We no longer have to fight for daily survival. Instead, our lives are full of mental stressors like work, social media, home upkeep, email, kids & their constant care, and so on.

But our “fight or flight” mechanisms have not evolved. They cannot tell the difference between a hungry saber tooth tiger and the stress from having your laptop refuse to start up. So our bodies still react as though our lives are in grave danger:

  • Hormones like adrenalin and cortisol are released, giving the body a burst of energy and strength, but then result in a crash, leaving you exhausted.
  • Major body systems are shut or slowed down: digestion, metabolism & elimination
  • Blood flow is reduced to major muscle groups & reproductive organs

In addition, the “fight or flight” mechanism can actually disrupt our belief systems. If triggered too often it can crumble our positive mindset & confidence, and get us bogged down in ruts of negative thinking.

So what can we do to relieve stress?

Stress is much more serious than just an annoyance. It disrupts our bodies and minds…..and can lead to a perpetual cycle of more of the same if we’re not careful. Here are some ways to manage it:

  1. Just Breathe AKA Meditation: Find a quiet place and just focus on your breathing for 2-30 minutes. It doesn’t matter when you do it, just do it every day.
  2. Journal: Literally brain-dump everything that is in your mind and get it out on paper! It’s best to do this in the morning, at night or anytime something very stressful comes up.
  3. Be Grateful: As Tony Robbins famously said, “It’s hard to be fearful when you’re grateful.” We often take on a “The world is ending!!” mentality when overwhelmed, but if we can step back and focus on all we are grateful for (all the good things in our lives), we actually can reduce intense fear.

There’s nothing magical here – you can do all of these things.

Will you?

#meltmonday
#modnaymelt
#meltmindset

JC

PS: We’ve had a lot of people ask about when our next immersion will be. We have tentative dates for the spring + fall (maybe summer) and will be announcing soon so stay tuned! And let us know if you’re interested so we will put you on top of our wait list!

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