When we are stressed the logical part of our brain shuts down and our decisions are driven by emotions. Often when we react impulsively to stress we can’t remember how we behaved at that moment or if we do remember, we can’t believe we behaved in the way we did. There is an adrenaline rush that absolutely fuels us with no mental presence and things can quickly spiral out of control.

If stress is something that chronically plays a role in our life, we are going to find that our choices and behaviours are much more destructive and illogical for a longer period of time. We are less likely to be genuinely present in conversations with people and as a result do not remember the conversations. We tend to become more closed off, retreating into narrow thinking. Listening, interpreting, and logically processing information at the moment is no longer a practiced skill or ability. This doesn’t happen overnight, it’s a gradual transition. But the great news is we can do something about it. As the saying goes “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!” Mindfulness habits including daily reflections and practicing gratitude are both effective strategies to help manage the stress and keep us mentally engaged.

Stress can affect our body in many ways, including physical symptoms. Headaches, migraines, neck stiffness, muscle pain in our shoulders and back, upset stomach and bowels, ulcers, and altered hormone levels to name a few. It’s easy for us to turn to remedies that alleviate the pain quickly but if the physical symptoms continue to present themselves we may want to investigate a little further.

My Viva Plan can help you learn mindfulness to reduce stress and improve your overall mental wellness. If you want to learn more about how our health and wellness plan can help you manage stress if your life, be sure to contact us today!