Stress & Simplifying

Updated: Mar 27

Do you ever feel down, stressed, or anxious? Millions of Americans struggle with stress, anxiety, or mood problems. The notion of negative stress or anxiety being limited to the holidays or certain types of jobs is antiquated in today's society as we face ever increasing threats to our personal, physical, emotional, financial, spiritual and environmental well-being. Distress can wear and tear on our minds, bodies and spirit leaving us feeling tired, drained, and empty inside. Over time, stress and anxiety can build causing you to be less productive, anxious, tense, and even unhappy.

Did you know there there are many different types of stress and that not all of them are detrimental to our health? Acute stress is the most common form of stress. It comes from demands and pressures of the recent past and anticipated demands and pressures of the near future. Episodic acute stress typically comes from ceaseless worry.

It is common for people with acute stress reactions to be over aroused, short-tempered, irritable, anxious and tense. Chronic stress wreaks havoc on the mind, body and spirit through long-term attrition. This type of stress is linked to unrelenting demands and pressures for seemingly interminable periods of time. Some incidents of chronic stresses can stem from traumatic internalized early childhood experiences that go unresolved.

Unresolved trauma and conflict can become embedded into our cellular memory. Prolonged unresolved trauma and chronic stress remains forever painful and present and can become encoded into our DNA to be passed on to future generations. While certain types of life events such as pregnancy, marriage, school, moving, starting or quitting a job can leave us feeling stressed or anxious, these events are not generally considered to be distressful. Mood fluctuations that are linked to such events are often temporary and do not have any lasting effects unless they're associated with a traumatic experience. How do you manage stress?

A poor mood can make you irritable, impatient, and hurt your relationships. You may find it tough to focus, stay motivated, or accomplish tasks. Your mood and mental well-being affects every part of your life for better or worse. While poor feelings can negatively impact your activities, relationships, and work. A happy balanced mood gives you the tools you need to be successful and enjoy life.

Gaining and maintaining a positive mood can be tough. Until recently, there have been few options for those looking to boost their mood. Some people suggest exercise, breathing routines, or careful diets.

Is it possible to exist without stress? No! Thinking about stress in terms of "defeating" it is beating the beast with the wrong stick. Stress is frequently handled as an unwelcome guest. Let us set the record straight. Stress is an inseparable part of life.

Simplifying may some of the times be overwhelming. The sum of stuff you have in your life and the sum of things you have to do may be too huge a mountain to undertake.

However you don’t have to simplify it all at once. Do one matter at a time, and take little steps. You’ll get there, and have fun doing it. As a matter of fact, you are able to do small but important things today to begin living the simple life.

Stress, by and of itself, isn’t bad. It turns good or bad depending on how you perceive it and how adequate you think you are to cope with it. Confronting stress is a skill and an art. If you prefer to live a happy and productive life, you have to learn how to cope with it. 

I manage my own stress using a multi-dimensional holistic approach. I view stress management as a part of my daily energy hygiene. Some of the tools that I find most helpful for managing aversive stresses are practicing Reiki Self-Healing, enjoying a glass of wine, tea ceremonies, Crystal body layouts, Crystal Reiki, Self-Hypnosis, Earthing, Music Therapy, Vibrational Therapy, Creative Movement, Mindfulness Meditation and Crystal Gridding. Laughter and sex are still two of the best forms of medicine so whatever you do, relax and have fun with it!

~ Rise & Shine