Before my oldest daughter left for school this morning, she handed me a sheet of paper entitled “Stress”. In all of her innocence, she says, “Mom, you can keep it and paste it in your journal.” This child is FUNNY! I can’t even get mad with her for sharing this good information. Was she trying to say that her mom was acting stressed out? No, she was not, but it was still a timely talk.
Stress can be healthy or unhealthy. Healthy stress can be great for the body. Exercise is a form of healthy stress. It gives us energy, helps us to sleep, and it is a great way to beat off the weight of daily challenges.
Unhealthy stress comes in the form of worry and fears. We beat ourselves up trying to conquer different challenges. Matters are only compounded as we try to control the narrative of our lives. Instead of seeing the good that may even exist in a tough situation, we try to “make” things happen. Don’t get me wrong, that was once me. I use to walk around saying, “if it is to be, it is up to me.” It was an unhealthy statement that I now use to explain how I was missing the simple blessings right in front of me. I was so focused on the “to be” and “me” that I was missing the now.
The best tip I can give to fight stress, is to enjoy the now. Here are some additional tips I shared last week:
Sleep is so important in fighting stress.
Turn off the phone 1 hour before going to bed. The blue light keeps you awake.
Ivan Hernandez said something powerful. He makes 2 hours for self care every day. That is self care without guilt or apology.
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