Updated: Oct 16, 2019
What if I told you that doing this one activity for 10-20 minutes per day could result in less stress, more joy, better focus, and more mindfulness?
If we’re talking about looking at what is the root cause of stress, then it’s the truth!
I’ve personally been done all the stress management things in my life, meditation, those squishy balls, read countless self-help books, but what I have found has been the MOST powerful thing for me was looking at the root cause of where all of this was stemming from.
I have been doing this for the past couple of years and can testify to the amazing benefits it brings to my own life and how much not only my stress levels but my mindset has changed.
Finding what works for you and what doesn’t can be a difficult challenge for managing the most common of all topics: STRESS. We all know that light stress can be beneficial to our health. However, one survey found that stress has actually increased by 10-30% in the last 3 decades.
Now, I don't wanna stress you out even more, but stress can be found pretty much anywhere. Like your job (hello angry boss), someone close to you died, injury, presentation... you get my point right?
It can be triggered by almost anything and can be detrimental to your health if it becomes chronic in the body.
STRESS + THE BOD
Let’s begin with how stress can affect our bodies. I will first disclose that all of the information that I will be presenting is correlational, meaning it does not cause these ailments, yet there is a moderate link between the two.
Of course there can be other variables that influence an outcome, like diet or lifestyle, but for now, I am going to focus on a few specifics. Foremost, there is a correlation between stress and diseases.
There is also a finding of personality and stress.
Let me simplify this, so if you are impacted with news that you perceive to be bad, the impact of all of the stress can depend on your personality traits. Research suggests that mortality rates are higher among patients who respond with depression, repressive coping, and other negative emotions in contrast to emotional stability or positive emotions (Friedman, 1991).
Stress has also been implicated in the onset of the common cold (Cohen, 2005). Other links can include back pain and IBS.
All of these are examples that exemplify the influence that stress can have on not only the body but the immune system. During high-stress situation reduced activity can occur, and if you are experiencing a chronic illness and stress due to that illness your immune system may not be functioning as you would like it to.
STRESS + MENTAL HEALTH
Stress can also have a large impact to your mental health as well. Many studies show a correlation between stress and the development of mood disorders such as anxiety disorders and depression.
Okay are you seeing how important reducing stress is, friend? Because after doing all this research I was shocked and I am so ready to show you the best strategy for targeting it.
First, let's talk about the other coping mechanisms you can do.
We all know someone (or even yourself) after a long day they need to unwind or take the edge off by using:
, you name it to relax. These are just some of the common coping mechanisms I see in others and that I have indulged in myself. Whether or not you believe these things are positive or negative I personally find that these habit tend to be masking the underlying issues that have been or are being repressed. It can be anything troubling you from the past or the anxious anticipation of what the future holds.
As someone who has their own experience with anxiety, when I dug deeper to the real root of what was causing this reaction in my body and mind ultimately stemmed from unresolved fears.
A few common examples would be not feeling good enough, the need to control, or even self-hate. The activities I was participating in, friendships, or any interactions with others greatly reflected what I felt inside on a subconscious level.
Sure yoga, meditation, breathwork, and any other mindful practices are amazing and transform so many lifes, but I am asking you to look deeper.
I have created a worksheet that you can use when you feel triggered by something or stressed in general. These are the questions that i have used to create deep healing. It asks yourself what you are needing to hear but turning away from.
If you want to go even further, make sure to sign up for my guide, "Let It Heal: Shadow Work, which will help you target these patterns even further. So if you are interested, click here to sign up.