How many of you have experienced stress? Your heart may race. Your head may feel like it’s going to explode. Your stomach may be in knots (You may even need to run to the bathroom 😳.). It’s usually no fun, but did you know that stress isn’t always bad? There are good and bad effects of stress. It’s important to take care of yourself and manage your stress level because long-term stress can be horrible for your health. Here are some good and bad effects of stress with a few stress management tips.
Good Effects of Stress
- Get you butt in gear. If you have a deadline to meet, your increased stress level helps you to focus and feel that urgency to get it done.
- Helps with wound healing
- Helps motivate you to reach your goals
- Can boost memory
- Warns you of danger: warning system, producing the fight-or-flight response
Bad Effects of Stress
- Decreased concentration with higher stress levels
- Increased risk of getting sick
- Irritable/angry/anxious may all increase (= people don’t want to be around a cranky person 😠)
- Trouble falling asleep or staying awake
- Increased worry
- Increased negativity
- Increased risk for depression
- Exercise less
- Possible substance abuse
Stress Management Tips (Get me to a happy place! 🏄)
- Say no! You can’t be and do everything. It’s impossible. Save your precious time for activities that will benefit you and your family.
- Forgive. People who forgive have been associated with having less stress and mental health problems compared to those who choose not to forgive others (Toussaint, Shiels, Dorn, & Slavich, 2014).
- Improve the way you respond to stress. Often, you don’t have control over the stresses that come your way, but you can control the way you react to them.
- Avoid or change situations that create negative stress. If some people or activities increase your stress level, stay away from them or limit your time with them or in these activities.
- Laugh. Laughter increases oxygen to your lungs. It cools down your stress response. It can reduce physical symptoms of stress. Because summer is coming up, I thought this was an appropriate picture.
- Be thankful. When you are stressed out, you are usually thinking about your problems/worries. Reflect on the little things that make you smile 😀. The people around you who love you.
- Exercise. You will feel and look better. Exercising actually releases endorphins that can give you a natural high.
A Little Personal Information
My family recently came home from a family trip. Whenever you get back from being out of town, it’s a little nuts trying to catch up on things. I started to feel stress from my to-do list piling up. I came across a few Mother’s Day gifts from my nine-year-old son, Jy. For those who follow my blog, you may know that he was in a coma and paralyzed at the end of 2015 due to encephalitis and Guillain-Barre Syndrome.
Here is the front of Jy’s card.
Here is his note inside my card.
Here is his picture frame he painted with his picture from his teacher.
When I looked at this handmade card and picture of Jy, all my stresses went away. I remembered how grateful I am for his health and that I was given more time with him. The many things on my to-do list will get done eventually.
If you are facing stresses right now, think about anything in your life that you are grateful for. Laugh. Say no. Forgive. Go for a nice walk or jog. The sun will rise again. ☀️ Take care of yourself because if you aren’t healthy, you can’t accomplish anything. ❤️
Have a wonderful and blessed day! ☀️❤️🌹
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