Updated: Dec 12, 2022
Are you feeling it yet?
It seems that Holiday Season stress is already lurking in the background of our lives. For some of us, it is already a very real in-your-face thing.
Last week I posted an episode on the podcast We All Have Something with the titled, Two Things to Help You Manage Stress. You can listen to the full 18-minute episode here if you’d like. The foundation of that episode focuses on exercise and meditation – and before you start skimming down to the next paragraph, I want you to know, exercise doesn’t mean you need to join a gym or hire a personal trainer. (I mean you can if you want to, but you don’t need to.) Seriously, it can be a 15-minute walk or just dancing around your home while listening to your favorite music for a few minutes. Just move your body! In the podcast episode I go into more detail as to why exercise helps your body process the hormones and chemicals caused by stress and why this is good for managing the impact stress has on your physical health.
So, what about mediation? Yep, I cover that in more detail in the podcast episodes as well. But essentially, current studies have brought forward evidence that meditation positively impacts our mind and body in many ways - including in how we cope with stress. From simple breath work effetely reducing blood pressure to daily meditation reducing anxiety as well as some medications. Clearly, we can do more for managing our response to stress more than just “dealing with it” until it goes away.
I encourage you to listen to/read those articles that are linked above as well as listen to the full episode about managing stress. Especially as we head into the Holiday Season.