What is stress? According to Wikipedia…
Stress is a person’s response to a stressor such as an environmental condition or a stimulus. Stress is a body’s way to react to a challenge. According to the stressful event, the body’s way to respond to stress is by sympathetic nervous system activation which results in the fight-or-flight response. Stress typically describes a negative condition or a positive condition that can have an impact on a person’s mental and physical well-being.
A whole bunch of things happen in your brain and a whole bunch of hormones are released, making dealing with a stressful situation tough. I often tell simon I can’t help being stressed, it’s just the way I am, but what makes him less stressed than me? I mean seriously, simon is rarely stressed, or at least he copes with it amazingly well (boy is that annoying!) I’m sure there is a psychological answer to this. Simon just says it’s his positive outlook, he’s laid back to a point where not much stresses him out. I, however am the complete opposite, i stress, i worry, i panic and i’ve had enough!
As a first step in my stress free life experiment I thought I’d write down an overview of everything that causes me stress. So here we go…
- Too much pressure
- Untidy house
- my kids screaming and not listening to me
- Worrying about situations before they happen
- Not having enough time for me
- Not being creative
- Feeling guilty over something
- Making decisions
- Spending money
- Being the only one able to do certain things
- Feeling out of control with all the jobs that need doing
- Letting anger take over
- Being too stubborn to let go
- Simon winding me up
- The way I look
So there’s my list, I’m sure there’s more and I’ll expand on them in future posts. In fact that’s my plan with this whole experiment. I want to take certain aspects of stress, analysis it and come up with new coping methods, wether it’s just trying to think more positive or doing yoga everyday.
Want to join in with my stress free experiment? Use #mystressfreelife and tag me on Instagram or Twitter. Let me know what stresses you out, what helps you cope or anything else you like to share!