Making stress your friend can be like dessert if consumed in moderation.

Imagine for a moment: You get held up in traffic on your way to work. When you enter, your boss has a scowl on her face. You assume that she is mad because you are late.  You attempt to explain and she waves you off. Now you might be thinking she is upset with you, maybe she remembers that you were late a few months ago, AND you remember your review is next week.  You get a sick feeling in your stomach. Well, you know the feeling…

The mind is using data from past experiences, current information and projected outcomes. It is attempting to make sense of what is happening. It mixes in assumptions, jumps to conclusions and often takes action from misinterpretation.

While the mind is trying to make meaning, the brain and body are diligently working to maintain balance (homeostasis). In a perfect world, the mind makes accurate meaning, sends messages to the brain and body that everything is safe and A’OK or that something is really wrong and we must take action. The brain does not know the difference between whether something is REALLY wrong, like the saber tooth tiger chasing me, or if something is misinterpreted. Regardless, the fight or flight response kicks in.

We spend over 90% of our time worrying about the past and future with an attempt to control what is happening now. This can create an imbalance between mind, brain and body. This fear imbalance triggers the stress response, releasing stress hormones (fight or flight) even when we don’t really need it.  I am not really in danger, nothing is chasing me but my mind has created some stories that resemble danger.

In small doses these hormones are not bad (a little bit of dessert) and for some people, exhilarating. The problem arises when stress is chronic (ongoing) and the body has to adjust to this imbalance by overproducing hormones (stressed).

Balancing work, relationships, finances, social obligations, health, etc. can create a great deal of stress. Stress is often masked fear. Fear of doing it wrong, being late, not completing the task, not being liked, getting fired, having people talk about you, etc. This chronic way of living in fear (worry and anxiety) results in prolonged stress and often illness.

Stressed or Dessert?  You Choose. Stress Resilience just might be the dessert you are looking for.

Re•sil•ience: the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties

Becoming stress resilient does not have to be complex. Taking small actions starting now is one step closer to better health, healthier relationships, more energy, thinking clearer and lower medical costs. The Empowerment Model for Stress Resilience looks closely at balancing 5 major components for wellness.

  • SLEEP – Getting at least 8 hours of sleep a night is the most important step to wellness.
  • EXERCISE – Even 10 minutes a day can have huge impact on stress resilience
  • NUTRITION – Eating well especially when stressed can help minimize impaired stressed digestion
  • CONNECTION & SUPPORT – Being connected and supported can help minimize the level of stress
  • MINDFULNESS & PERCEPTION – Learning how to be mindfully present and minimizing distorted perceptions can result in resilience.

Have you ever thought that you can make stress your friend? Plan to attend one of The Empowerment Model trainings and see for yourself.  Once you have completed this training, you qualify for the advanced sessions.

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