Day 1 - Understand the Mind-Body Connection
Day 1 - Reducing Stress for Calm and Confidence: Understanding Stress
Welcome from Dominic
Join me for a week-long journey to tackle everyday stressors in our daily lives.
Stress often stems from an imbalance - when life's demands outweigh our capabilities to manage them.
It's an uncomfortable and sometimes overwhelming experience.
This seven-day program explores stress's emotional, mental, and physical aspects, offering practical strategies to alleviate your worries and enhance your well-being.
It aims to be helpful while mindful of your time.
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Today's Focus: What is Stress and the Mind-Body Connection
Defining Stress: Stress is a state of worry or mental tension that arises from difficult situations. It occurs in response to a mismatch between the demands faced and the ability to confront them.
The Ubiquity of Stress: Stress is a universal response to adverse events; even positive changes like going on a holiday or starting a new job can be stressful.
The Impact of Chronic Stress: Short-term pressure can be a helpful motivator. In contrast, prolonged stress can drain energy and adversely affect health.
Stretched vs. Stressed: Stress limits our capacity to function optimally. While being stretched is a positive experience, being stressed is never good.
Recent Times and Stress Management:
Reflecting on recent global events, we realise the importance of revisiting and strengthening our daily habits for better stress management.
Additional notes: Self-care Essentials
Boundaries - Are you preserving some time, space, and privacy away from life's demands? Setting boundaries is crucial. For instance, turning off work notifications past a particular hour.
Rest, don't distract - Is your downtime consumed by screens or other techno-stressors? Or do you engage in calming activities like reading a book or walking? Adequate time away from technology will help you reset your nervous system.
Physical Activity - Are you incorporating isometric exercises like wall sits, planks, yoga, or Pilates? These activities are proven to lower your blood pressure and increase overall calm.
Maintain Balance - Do you hydrate regularly, eat balanced meals, and sleep sufficiently? Poor physical habits often worsen stress.
Vagal Nerve System - How can you activate your body's calming response quickly and effectively? Today's listening focuses on this essential starting point.
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