Don’t sweat the small stuff….

Did you accomplish everything you wanted to this winter? Are you constantly feeling guilty about not calling your – mother, brother, sister, friend? How about fretting about your child’s last semester? We have all felt stress and while it can be a positive motivating factor, don’t let it become a negative force in your life.

Stress is a normal response to “dangerous” situations, but unlike our ancestors, we do not often face wild animals to trigger the fight or flight response. Today it is more likely to be that commute from the city, a nagging deadline or our internal guilt that is causing this and it could trigger our natural instincts to be stuck in the on position for extended periods.

Chronic stress can begin to interfere with our ability to live a normal, healthy life, causing loss of sleep, abnormal eating habits, exacerbating chronic diseases and leading to depression. Often the causes are a culmination of small factors that in of themselves are easily overcome.

So if you are feeling stressed, take a step back to identify the causes and list them individually to enable you to break them down into smaller, more manageable tasks. Take a moment to walk away from a stressor that seems outside of your control right now, this is obviously not the approach to take for the commute home. Let go of issues that are simply “not worth the battle”. Exercise and cut back on caffeine and alcohol to try and maintain good sleeping habits and if all else fails – recognize if and when you need help to address these issues.

Recognizing that stress is negatively impacting your life is the first step in the battle, don’t let it rule your life.

Your friends at Kawartha North FHT

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