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Total Wellness: It's All About Stress!
Total wellness refers to the state of being socially, mentally and physically well. This may seem like a whole lot to tackle, but there is one major component in our lives that impacts all of them: stress! Stress is a modern version of our natural fight-or-flight instincts. When there is something going on in our lives that is overwhelming, whether it be a major change or just everyday life at our schools and jobs, stress affects every aspect of our wellness. This article is here to tell you causes, effects AND some helpful coping skills to assist you in managing your stress.
Causes and Effects
stress can be appetite changes (over or under-eating) or unhealthy coping mechanisms. These include regression, or acting immature, repression, which is suppressing emotions, projection, or pushing your own faults on others, displacement, which is taking out your feelings on others, denial, or not acknowledging what is happening, and more.
Stress can be caused by nearly anything in our lives. A few examples are being overwhelmed by school or work, disagreements with friends, loss of a loved one, moving, a new baby... the list goes on and on! There are three main stages of stress: alarm, resistance and exhaustion. Alarm is the very beginning, it triggers adrenaline and the fight-or-flight response. Next is resistance, which is when your body feels tired and weak for taking on the stress. The final stage, exhaustion, occurs when there is prolonged stress, such as grieving a death, and your body feels like it cannot deal with the stress anymore. Some of the effects of
Some Coping Tips!
1. Transfer your negative energy into something positive. For example, if you have been experiencing a lot of anger, you could pick up a sport to get your energy out.2. Talk it out. Spending some time with a friend or somebody you are close with and just talking about your problems not only helps you get it off your chest, but get some advice too!3. Take time for yourself. Do things that you enjoy, such as hiking, swimming ,exercising, music, art... whatever you like and make you happy!
4. Take up breathing. Doing meditation and breathing exercises relaxes your body and helps clear your mind.5. Catch up on sleep Being well rested not only feels good, but can help you to make rational thoughts and decisions.6. Think happy thoughts. Positivity might be really hard sometimes, but telling yourself things will be alright actually helps.Take the initiative, and do what's good for you to reach total wellness!
Another important part of wellness is living a physically healthy lifestyle that is balanced with exercise and a healthy diet. However, in order to accomplish this, you need to have something that you want to achieve and a plan to achieve it. The best way to do this is SMART goals! Let's take a look at what this means and a few examples.
What does SMART stand for?
Relevant: Your goal needs to apply to something that directly influences youTime-bound: Your goal has a deadline that you want to complete it by.
SMART goals are...Specific: Your goals should not be too vague so that you actually have something to work towards.Measurable: You need to be able to track your progress towards what you are hoping to achieve.Attainable: It should be realistic for you to complete your goal, and it should not be something that is not very plausible.
I will go on a 30 minute hike every week this summer until school starts again.I will decrease my mile time by 30 seconds before September 1 by running at the gym twice a week.I will lose 10 pounds within the next 3 months.
4. I will audition for the solo in band on March 5, and I hope to get in by practicing for 30 minutes a day.