Balanced Mind,  Health

“Stop the World, I Want to Get Off!”

Do you ever feel like your life is just spinning out of control? Like you are on a Merry go round that won’t stop? And you just want to get off, but you can’t? Well, you are not alone. The new survey “Stress in America: January 2021 Stress Snapshot” from the American Psychological Association (APA) offers a view into how this collective stress and its related social and cultural upheaval is affecting us. The Stress in America™ survey measures attitudes and perceptions of stress among the general public. It appears that money, inflation, fear of war, political unrest, economic instability, add on the nation stuck in COVID-19 survival mode are leading to high levels of stress, which, if left unchecked, could lead to unprecedented health problems, both mental and physical.

Stop the World

Virtually all aspects of life have been altered. Basically, most of the nation is experiencing collective trauma, with different people experiencing different levels of stress. According to the study, many adults experienced at least one emotion tied to prolonged stress in the prior two weeks, with the most common being anxiety followed by sadness and then anger. All of this stress then produces a domino effect on our health by weakening our immune systems and then causing or worsening other health conditions such as high blood pressure, heart problems, asthma, obesity, diabetes, headaches, depression, anxiety, and gastrointestinal problems.

Basic self-care strategies can help you to cope with larger-than-life issues.

  1. Eat a well-balanced diet.
  2. Create a sleeping routine
  3. Participate in a daily exercise program
  4. Go to a yoga class, in person or online.
  5. Practice daily mindfulness and/or meditation
  6. Go for a nature walk.
  7. Take the time to do enjoyable activities like reading a favorite book or watching a favorite show with loved ones or friends.
  8. Take one day at a time and live in the moment.
  9. Turn it all over to your higher power.
  10. Set realistic expectations of yourself and others

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