As if modern life wasn’t stressful enough, the last several years of SARS Covid 19 have increased the potential for even more concern. Stress isn’t necessarily bad; certain types of stress are to be expected and can even lead to growth. Gravitational stress is an example, without it we would lose our bone and muscle tone (not to mention we would float off into space). Where would we be without the stressful joys and sorrows of family life? Stress can break us down or build us up. Distress is bad; Eustress is good. The trick is to accept a certain amount of stress and use it to our advantage.
There are basically three kinds of stress, Physical, Chemical and Mental.
Thankfully people are now being encouraged to openly discuss their Mental Health. Sports figures are coming forward admitting their mental challenges; not just suffering in silence. These are positive signs that may be part of a silver lining resulting from the stressors of the last few years. If you are feeling isolated reach out to others who may be feeling the same way. Community is a great vehicle to help others and yourself. Call, write, text old friends. Get back to your exercise and yoga groups. Go back to church, art shows, museums, sporting events. Join others for a walk, coffee or a drink.
By implementing the Physical, Chemical and Mental model work towards incremental improvement in all these areas and turn your distress into eustress.
By: Gleason Center Editors, Dr. Daniel Gleason DC
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