Beating Stress Before it Beats You
July 19, 2021
There’s no question that stress has reared its ugly head in every life, at some point. Whether physical, mental, or emotional, stress manifests differently in each person. I, myself, was caught in the stress cycle for many years. Sad to say, it was every kind of stress. I was in a dark place that I couldn’t seem to climb out of. I was young, confused, broken. I was a competitive athlete working multiple jobs, a straight A student, and extremely dedicated to my family.
Stress can be paralyzing if you let it. That’s the point I go to by age 20. I had put so much pressure on myself in every area of my life that I could hardly function anymore. The mental stress led to emotional and physical stress which nearly took me out before I turned 21.
I write this out of a place of hope and restoration. I found strength and hope in Jesus Christ. I overcame the fears, doubts, and pressures that I was placing on myself, and over time, the stress slowly started to fade away. This can happen for you too. We are not meant to live life the way I was living at such a young age. Stress takes a toll on the body no matter what age, and I am thankful every day that I jumped off that hamster wheel of stress before it threw me off and ran me over.
Now, I would be lying if I told you I NEVER feel any sense of stress anymore. There are good stressors, and there are times when I am more productive when my plate is more full. But, I also need to be mindful of the root of the stress and whether it is positive or negative.
There’s always those days where it seems the To-Do list just keeps getting longer. You know, you scratch one thing off just to add two more tasks? Yeah, that tends to be me. That’s life. There is ALWAYS something that can “be finished.” Because I like to be productive, I tend to add more to my calendar in a day that may even be possible. Yes, that’s probably not smart and you could say my stress is self-induced, but in all reality, sometimes things just need to get done.
On these days, or those moments when I start feeling a little overwhelmed and get to that “paralysis by analysis” point (where you have so much to do you don’t know where to start so you don’t do anything), I have found a few things that tend to help me take a step back, deep breath, and know that everything is going to be okay.
This looks different for everyone. For me personally, outside of exercising, listening to podcasts and reading (how I start each day), I have been using a gummy vitamin (yes, adults can have yummy, gummy vitamins too!) called Less Stress, More Yes (how fitting). This has been amazing for me! Not only is the flavor impeccable, the effects are just what I need. It takes that little edge off within probably 10-15 minutes of taking it, and I am ready to tackle my list more than ever. It works so well because it is made with L-Thianine (an amino acid linked to reducing occasional stress) and Lemon Balm, both which are known to have calming and relaxing effects on the body.
With that being said, along with the Less Stress, More Yes, I still personally recommend finding those things that make you happy and enjoy doing. The de-stressors as we like to call them. It could be getting in a good exercise, a listening and reading program like my husband and I, it could be drawing, writing, going to the park, catching some sun rays, or hanging out with a friend. Whatever it is for you, I highly encourage you to find a self-care activity that you can turn to when stress tries to creep in. And for those times where things could get stressful, or have already started causing some stress, I highly encourage you to check out the Less Stress More Yes! If this could make me cool as a cucumber on my wedding day, I am confident it can take the pressure off of the everyday checklists!
Remember, there is hope. Life doesn’t have to be a ball of stress. Sit back, relax and enjoy a peaceful, stress free life! God bless!