If this isn't nice, what is?


Good morning All,

My wife is due in the next few weeks, and if she goes into labor close to group my facilitators are all set to take over and create great conversations and learning moments. Speaking of which....

Feeling at ease is better than feeling stressed. Right? It's something we can agree on. There is even a separate word for the positive excited kind of arousal in the body which is "eustress", so regular old stress is just universally bad. 

Stress is bad for your health too. 

  • Forty-three percent of all adults suffer adverse health effects from stress.
  • Seventy-five percent to 90% of all doctor's office visits are for stress-related ailments and complaints.
  • Stress can play a part in problems such as headaches, high blood pressure, heart problems, diabetes, skin conditions, asthma, arthritis, depression, and anxiety.
  • The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) declared stress a hazard of the workplace. Stress costs American industry more than $300 billion annually.
  • The lifetime prevalence of an emotional disorder is more than 50%, often due to chronic, untreated stress reactions.

So in the spirit of good mental hygiene, we are talking about stress and learning three ways to pull ourselves out of a stress tailspin. 

1. Rate your stress. Not all problems are the same size and not all stress reactions are equal. Take a moment to step outside of yourself and compare your problem with the level of stress you are feeling. Do they match up? Look to the body for clues. We will be talking about the physical response to stress. 

2. Focus on an object. Stress is nearly always a reaction to anxiety about the future or memories of the past. By focusing on a sensory experience that is immediate you bring yourself into the present. What dies the object feel like, smell like, look like?

3. Look around. Notice your context. Look at the faces and body language of the people around you. If you are the only one stressed out there is a good chance it is in your head, and that you are future or past focused. Loop back around to steps one and two.

Can't wait to hear the ideas the kids generate about what works for them!