For some, chronic stress seems to be a way of life. There are those that always feel overwhelmed or perceive each day as an epic struggle. For some, psychological disorders may indeed have a major impact on their perception of the world around them - but for most, stress is self-inflicted. Perception of consequence is a key driver but stress may be caused by negative environments, poor decision making, inefficient routines or reactive responses due to lack of insight or poor planning. The holiday season adds further duress, with much due to expectations – added seasonal costs, family responsibilities, travel, and event planning can add significant quantities of stress to an already full plate. Chronic psychological stress provides a host of negative outcomes including:
(a) Reduced immune function
(b) Physical/cognitive fatigue
(c) Weight gain
(d) Promote hormonal changes that can lead to emotional burnout or overtraining.
For many, these issues can be mitigated with simple habitual changes. Consider the following stress mediators to navigate through the Holiday season.
There are various small steps almost anyone could take to help minimize nagging stress which limits one to live life to the fullest. Try to take on 1 change at a time until you find yourself brushing off many of life’s frustrating challenges which once weighed you down like a ton of bricks.