Its not stress that kills us, it is our reaction to it. - Hans Selye
What is stress?Stress is a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or very demanding circumstances. Living with autoimmune disorders can be very stressful. It is stressful just waiting for test results to come back, hoping that we don't have an autoimmune disorder, but hoping the doctor can tell us what is making us sick. I can handle stress pretty well, but sometimes my body says otherwise. For me, stress can cause a flare and bring on fatigue. As I write this post, I am feeling a lot of fatigue because I got a phone call this morning that stressed and angered me. I feel rather wiped out to be honest. So let's dive in and learn about stress management.
I sought the Lord and he answered me. He delivered me from all my fears. Psalm 34:4
Three types of stress
- Routine stress. This is stress related to the pressures of work, family and other daily responsibilities.
- Stress brought about by a sudden negative change, such as losing a job, divorce, or illness.
- Traumatic stress. We experience this in an event like a major accident, war, assault, or a natural disaster where one may be seriously hurt or in danger of being killed.
God didn’t give us a spirit that is timid but one that is powerful, loving, and self-controlled. 2 Timothy 1:7
10 Ways to Manage Your Stress
- Get proper health care for existing or new health problems.
- Stay in touch with people who can provide emotional and other support.
- Ask for help from friends, family, and community or religious organizations to reduce stress due to work burdens or family issues, such as caring for a loved one.
- Recognize signs of your body's response to stress:
- difficulty sleeping
- increased alcohol and other substance use
- being easily angered
- feeling depressed
- having low energy
- over eating
- Make a "to-do" list.
- Write out the 10 things you would like to accomplish during the day.
- Put them in order by highest priority to lowest.
- Delegate the things that you can to lighten your load. Don't be a super hero.
- Note what you have accomplished at the end of the day, not what you have been unable to do.
- Get up 30 minutes earlier. If you don't have enough time during or at the end of the day, wake up 30 minutes earlier than normal.
- Start your morning with a cup of coffee or tea.
- Listen to soothing music.
- Plan your day.
- Go outside and walk or do an in-home walking program.
- Start a gratitude journal. What are you grateful for?
- Exercise regularly-just 30 minutes per day of gentle walking can help boost mood and reduce stress.
- Schedule regular times for healthy and relaxing activities.
- Put your focus on you. You need to take care of yourself first before you can care for others.