Stress Is the Trash of Modern Life04/03/2020
“Stress is the trash of modern life-we all generate it but if you don’t dispose of it properly, it will pile up and overtake your life.” Danzae Pace
Just like the rubbish bin inside your home, you can’t continue to stuff rubbish in it continuously without eventually emptying it. Some of us generate more household waste than others. The same holds true for stress. And if you’ve ever watched that TV show, “Hoarders”, you know what accumulated rubbish can do to a person’s life!
So how do you ‘dispose’ of this type of trash and empty your stress trashcan? It’s all about being aware that stress is not meant to be a chronic condition. Sure, the stress response gives you a boost of energy to get things done. In some instances, it actually is a survival mechanism when you call upon that boost of adrenalin in a true ‘fight or flight’ situation. Immediately after, though, your body needs to rest, relax, recharge and restore to a normal energy state. You get into trouble when you ignore that need to restore and rejuvenate body and mind.
Life in the modern world is stressful. Acute and chronic stress is the result. Beginning a conscious, regular practice to reduce your stress hormones, restore your energy, and renew the body for the next day is not a luxury. It’s a necessity. This is how you’re able to dispose of your stress trash and empty that stress trashcan.
Some examples of activities that when done regularly (read that daily!) will help you empty your stress trashcan: • Meditation • Mindfulness • Positive self-talk • Deep breathing exercises • Regular physical exercise • Control vs. no-control exercises (hint: let go of those things that are not within your control) • Regular sleep patterns and adequate hours in the sack!
What does your stress trashcan look like these days? Is it overflowing or regularly emptied without effort?