Type the word “stress” into Google, and you’ll get 162 million hits. That’s a lot of websites focused on something that women face daily. After all, how many times have you said to yourself, “Stress—I can handle it”?
It’s true that stress isn’t always a negative emotion. Stress is sometimes the motivation we need to get things done. And, without stress, we wouldn’t have the “fight or flight” to jump out of the way of an approaching car. It’s when stress becomes prolonged and constant that it wreaks havoc on our health and well-being.
What makes “stress” such a challenging issue first lies in our beliefs. Most believe that stress triggers reside outside of us: the controlling co-worker, the rude driver, our financial problems, for example. Placing the focus on these outside situations and circumstances is stressful because we don’t have any control over them. We feel powerless.
However, it’s possible to take back your power by understanding a simple truth. The truth is that much of our stress is actually related to our reaction or perception of these circumstances, and the good news is that managing stress around these situations is as easy as changing our thoughts, thus changing our reactions.
Still, what triggers a stressful response for one woman may not for another. That’s why it’s so important to pay attention to the signals and cues of our own bodies, and watch for stress related symptoms. We need only take the time to focus in and ask ourselves what is causing our feelings and symptoms of stress and our body and spirit will usually offer a clue.
What messages has your “self” been trying to give you lately? Don’t answer too quickly as the message coming your way in next week's post may have be meant for you…
The Soul Sisters
Soulspiration of the Week:
"Give your stress wings and let it fly away." ~Terri Guillemets