Is your body working too hard?
October 2009 - Issue #010: Learning About Stress
Welcome to the October issue of Stress Free Living! I can hardly believe that the year is only a few months away from being over. I’ve accomplished so much this year, yet I still feel that there is a lot more that needs to be done! And as a subscriber, of course you’ll be the first to be notified of all the great changes and additions that will be taking place.
I have a lot planned over the next few months. So much, in fact, that I may even have to cut myself some slack and accept that much of it won’t be completed until early next year! But as a valued part of OurStressfulLives.com, I’m going to let you in on a few of my plans. So here is a sneak peek of a few things you can look forward to:
- Changes to each and every page! All of the information you’ve been reading will still be on the site, but each page will be looked at and modified to make sure that it includes up-to-date info for our rapidly changing world.
- New e-books and audio programs are in the beginning planning stages.
- One-on-one Stress Management Coaching Services will be offered. I'm very excited about this and I'll share more with you as I get closer to launching this service.
- Makeover! The site is also in the planning stages of a make-over. However, a lot goes into making the kinds of changes that are planned, so this will probably happen sometime in early 2010. The goal is to keep the look and feel similar to what it is now so that you'll still recognize it, but give it the upgrade that it needs.
As you can tell, I’ve been very busy and I really hope you enjoy all the new things to come! If there is something in particular you would like to see or anything you would like more information on, please feel free to reply to this email and let me know.
I hope you enjoy this issue of the Stress Free Living ezine!
"Risk more than others think is safe. Care more than others think is wise. Dream more than others think is practical. Expect more than others think is possible."
~ Cadet Maxim
In This Issue...
1. Learning About Stress
2. Feature Submission
3. In Case You Missed It
4. All About You
Welcome to the
Stress Free Living Ezine!
Learning About Stress
If you struggle with stress, one of the best things you can do is to learn more about stress itself and what happens to your mind and body when you become stressed.
Some stress is good for us, and each of us has our own limit of how much is too much. This is known as our Stress Tolerance Point and it is different for each person. Some of us can handle more stress than others… some of us even need more stress in our lives to “feel alive” and function. Others have a much lower tolerance point and can only handle small amounts of stress before it begins to have serious negative effects.
But regardless of whether you have a high tolerance, low tolerance, or somewhere in between, once your stress level crosses that personal boundary, it’s going to take a serious toll on your mind and body.
When we become stressed (for whatever reason) our bodies all have the same response. Whether it’s appropriate or not, your body begins what is commonly called the “fight or flight” response. You are preparing to defend yourself, to flee, to survive. And when you don’t take action to correct your stress, this response can be sustained much longer than is healthy and can cause serious illness.
While your body is in this heightened state, your blood pressure increases, as well as your heart rate and your respiration rate. Your muscles tense. Blood will begin to move away from your digestive system and your extremities and into your muscles and your brain to help you prepare to “fight or flight”.
While this can be helpful for short periods of time or if you were in real danger, we weren’t meant to sustain this type of reaction for too long. Keeping your body in this stressed state will most definitely have a negative impact over time.
Does it make sense now why you might experience digestive problems when you’re stressed? Or chest pain and/or heart palpitations?
Stress can also cause a disruption in the release of the hormones Serotonin, Noradrenaline, and Dopamine. Serotonin is necessary because it helps to regulate your sleep cycle. Noradrenaline helps to give you energy, and Dopamine is sometimes called the “feel good chemical”. Throwing all of these things out of whack is definitely going to have a negative effect on your mind and your body over time.
These are just a few of the things that happen to us when we experience stress. And at times it’s unavoidable and can even be good. But many people are putting their bodies through this roller coaster when it’s not necessary and refusing to stop the ride. Frankly, it’s exhausting. So in closing, I just have one simple question for you:
Is it time for you to stop the cycle, get off the roller coaster, and try something different?
If your stress management efforts aren’t working the way they need to be, you may want to consider Coaching. With me as your Stress Management Coach, I’ll help you discover where your Stress Tolerance Point is, what your triggers are, and help you create a stress management plan that works for you. As a subscriber of the Stress Free Living ezine you will be one of the first to know as soon as coaching services become available.
As you may or may not know, the
"Bad Boss Stories"
are my favorite section on OurStressfulLives.com... probably because I've had some doozies of my own. But recently, a new perspective was introduced by Barney who gave us this submission...
My 'Worst' Boss Is... Me
by Barney from Bend, Oregon, USA
Seriously. I have great, caring supervisors. I just feel I have to do it all myself, and feel guilty when I say no.
I'm sure I'm not alone. Knowing I have this problem and fixing it are, sadly, two different things. Between all the great online resources and the many blogs, like this one, maybe I can find the tips - breathing, exercise, etc. etc. - to make things better.
Not perfect, better.
And maybe 'my boss' will cut me some slack. For once;-)
I want to thank Barney for sharing with us and giving us a whole new perspective on the Bad Boss Stories... Please visit
Barney's submission online
to see my response as well as leave your own.
Do you have a stress related story that you want to share with us?
Click here to submit your story
today and it just might be featured in an upcoming issue of this ezine!
In Case You Missed It...
I need your help!
Below is a link to a short survey to get your feedback on the Stress Free Living ezine. If you're willing to take the time to complete this brief survey, you'll get a free copy of the Stressful Lives Mini-Guide to Foods That Fight Stress as my Thank You gift to you!
Please click here to be directed to the survey.
Do you have a question about stress or stress management?
You can now ask your questions online! Once you submit your question, we'll open it up for other visitors to help you try to find the answers you're looking for... and you can be sure that I'll weigh in too!
Click here to submit your stress question.
If you don't have a question, you might have the answers. I've asked a question of my own that I'm hoping you'll take the time to answer...
Click here to answer Jill's question
And finally, check out one of the newest additions to OurStressfulLives.com...
The Product Review Guide! This guide is a short list of my favorite stress relief products.
Click here to visit the Product Review Guide
All About You
I'd love to hear from You!
To share your feedback on this issue, Please click here to be directed to the survey.
Please feel free to reply to this email with any questions and I will respond to your personally or submit them in our brand new Stress Q&A page to get answers from me as well as other site visitors! And don't forget to visit the site regularly to either submit your own stories & tips or read & comment on what others have written.
If you like this newsletter, please pay it forward by sending it to a friend who might like it. If a friend did forward this to you and you like what you read, you can get your own free subscription by visiting this subscription page.
Thank you for spending some time with me today, I hope you have enjoyed your copy of the Stress Free Living ezine. If there is something you'd like to see next month, please reply to this email and let me know!
And thanks again to Barney for sharing his story with us!
Wishing you all the very best,
Helping you live a less stressful life.