Type to search

motherhood stress summer women's health

Managing Summer Stress

stressed mom

Summer Stress

First let’s talk about stress, and what is it?

Let’s define the word “stress”; it can be recognized as feeling overwhelmed, burnout, anxiety or fear. In other words it feels like your whole world is sitting on your shoulders. Stress usually has a negative connotation and can have a total impact on our feelings, such as emotional, physical, mental and spiritual well-being. The fear and anxiety start to set in. However, stress can be good as well? Yes, stress can be good, so take a breath! When you’re feeling overwhelmed, burnout, anxiety or fear it can cause stress in the body. However, stress can be invoked from an upcoming event, stimulus, or demand. Often these types of stress can result in rewards, positive attitude, increased self-esteem and gratitude. It can also be perceived by our attitudes, values, personality, and even by our moods.
We can experience two different kinds of stress; such as positive stress (eustress) and negative stress (distress). I am human, so, therefore I get stressed out! We all do from time to time! Stress can be a major energy drainer! I try to be very careful how I react to a stressful situation. I try to remember that life happens, but I can control how I respond to it (it’s all in the attitude). It makes all the difference.

Research has shown that long term stress can influence the mind and body negatively. Repetitive or sustained stress (the kind that never ends) such as a long commute to work, money worries or a toxic relationship). Chronic stress levels can drain our energy, and make us feel like staying in bed with the covers over your head. We can feel heavy in our bodies. We must try to learn to control our reactions. I believe we react to stress in different ways with emotional, physical, mental and spiritual reactions. For example, emotional eating, mental fog, physically fatigued, frustrated and spiritually exhausted. We know life can throw some curve balls and we often react negatively which often results in a negative outcome.

Related  Everyone Deserves A Little Reward

When your body is under short-term stress, your body releases the hormone cortisol. The body releases this “fight or flight” hormone, which is a response of the sympathetic nervous system. This can increase fats and sugars within your bloodstream to get your brain and muscles to react in a quick burst of energy. This can be an impulsive reaction that is difficult to control. When the stress has passed, your body can return to its normal relaxation state which is created by the parasympathetic nervous system.

When under chronic stress your body will release cortisol consistently and such long-term exposure to elevated cortisol wears your body down physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. It can leave you vulnerable to colds, hormone imbalances, weight gain, illness and conditions from diabetes to cancer. Chronic stress is epidemic in our busy world we live in today. This is especially true for women! Make some time for an hour, or weekend to blow off some steam and get refreshed.

Here are a few tips to blow off some steam and get refreshed:

1. Breathing is an excellent way to blow off some stress. The breathing I’m talking about is being mindful, aware and focused on the breath itself. This will help release the stress. Now try breathing in through your nose and exhaling through your mouth. (Deep breathing increases the oxygen in your blood and relaxes your body and mind).

2. Take some time for a yoga class it is a great way to learn different types of breathing. Don’t have time? YouTube has some great yoga videos for 20-30 minute practices.

Related  #WordlessWednesday on a Tuesday - Our Morning Visitor

3. Take a meditation walk to get out of your head (healing the mind from every day busy to-do-list can be refreshing for the soul). Appreciate the beauty about you as you take this meditation walk, listen around you to the trees, sky, wind, animals, etc.). You’ll be surprised what you can hear and see and how it can relax you.

4. Embracing a positive mood can have a direct impact on your mood. Have you ever noticed when you’re in a low mood, your energy is low? When your mood is positive, your energy follows. (thinking positive may reduce stress, boost your mood, and take away worry and fear).

Was this article helpful? If not search the Healthy Moms Mag community forum to find answers to your question. Our community is free to join or you can browse and post as a guest.

Search Our Community

0/5 (0 Reviews)
Blog Consulting Service
Rachel Duran

Rachel Duran Still, the founder of Sassy Strong Mom, doesn’t want to be like everyone else. The fitness platform she created isn’t just about losing the weight, it’s a lifestyle. Sassy Mom Fitness is not about a quick fix to weight loss, it’s about the personal and positive growth that will cause a permanent change. Rachel Duran knows all too well about the struggle of dieting. She tried every diet out there, took the pills that claimed great results, and even battled with an eating disorder. But what Duran realized was that improving your health was much more than just dieting and physical appearance; it’s a lifestyle that requires change mentally and spiritually. With personal life experiences from her journey, Rachel Duran is now an advocate for those who want to take that next step and become a better version of themselves. Furthermore, she’s a mind and body coach and a fellow mom that knows the everyday challenges of a chaotic schedule and not taking time for yourself. Duran’s mission with Sassy Strong Mom to empower other moms and teach them how to love their body they are in, and how to take care of it. Not only that but to have fun while doing it and to embrace their sassy and sexy side! SSM (Sassy Strong Mom) is designed to help women take that step and start to take time and focus on themselves. It’s not one size fits all. Sometimes it may just be repeating kind words to yourself in the mirror, or taking time to organize your thoughts and reboot. Becoming emotionally, mentally, and spiritually stronger are all important aspects that the SSM platform recognizes and encourages because it’s not all about the physical fitness and health part. In the end, this platform brings moms alike toward personal growth and self-love. A platform like Sassy Strong Mom makes it so you no longer have to go through your lifestyle change alone and can have access to help at your fingertips.

    1