The topic of this episode is stress. And it’s a discussion where along with hosts, Barry Davis and Michelle Sturino, they scratch the surface of how stress impacts us, both in helpful and unhelpful ways.
But also how the experience of stress, how we each feel it, understand it and deal with it, can be so subjective and individual.
- Discussion of what stress basically is – it is not positive or negative, nor good or bad. The ‘fight, flight or freeze’ response is a biological stress response.
- Just the way appropriately challenging physical stress is important in gaining physical strength, a certain amount of emotional or mental stress can be essential to increase emotional strength and resilience.
- But just as an excess of physical stress can have negative impacts, so does excess of mental and emotional stress.
- All emotions exist to signal something.
- If detrimental stress becomes chronic, it can become problematic – research has shown that it can have an impact at the cellular level that may be responsible for aging to occur faster than normal.
- There are specific signs that can tell us that we are experiencing detrimental stress – such as: a sudden inability to focus, a compromised immune system, increased irritability, and a difficulty to sleep.
- The ways in which individuals handle stress are highly subjective.
- Stress hormones can be managed through a multitude of activities – physical activities in particular can be helpful: such as yoga, work-out, and etc.
- Many of us tend to withdraw from others when we experience stress rather than leaning into it – however, this can potentially result in more or prolonged stress.
- It is important to check in with people who you are comfortable with, as a process of connecting can be helpful.
- A mental health professional may be a viable option if you are worried about having to burden somebody with your problems or project your stress.
- Is stress inevitable? The goal is not to be 100% stress-free, the goal is to accept it at times and manage it – building resilience.
- Changing your perception about things and readjusting your focus can help you manage stress at times. One can train oneself to react differently to situations they frequently face.