Ovens & Murray Advertiser - North East Regional Extra
WE all have our own definitions of stress.
We have all experienced stress, and in times like these, it’s probably really easy for you to list your top five stressors.
Stress can be anything that is happening to you, around you, inside you, or even only in your brain.
Stress can impact us in many ways, but today we will concentrate on how stress might look from a physical perspective. Are you having trouble eating? When we’re stressed, we tend to block out the messages our bodies are sending us, even if we don’t mean to.
This could turn into a lack of appetite, not feeling hungry, not remembering when you last ate, not noticing the grumbling tummy, or even not eating at all.
This could result in eating too much, meaning more meals, bigger meals and more snacking.
Try and remember to eat regular meals, focus on fresh (local if you can) foods that fuel your body and brain.
Remember, the fresher the food on your plate looks, the better is usually is for you.
Are you having trouble calming down?
When we’re stressed, our body can get stuck in overdrive.
Overthinking, overdoing, overreacting to things that normally wouldn’t produce such a strong response for you.
The key to calming down your body and your mind is in your breath.
Notice when you’re having trouble calming yourself and notice your breathing.
When you bring your attention to your breath, try to slow it down.
Long, slow inhales and long, slow exhales.
Having enough oxygen flow around our bodies helps all of our regulatory systems work in sync, which helps us feel better.
Are you having trouble staying physically well?
Coughs and colds might happen more often, might stay around longer, or might turn into something more dangerous like pneumonia.
Our immune response is lowered when we’re stressed, so we don’t have the ability to fight off bugs and viruses like we normally would.
You might have heard this information before, but the best way to stay physically well when you’re stressed are the ways we’re all avoiding COVID.
Stay home and get tested if you’re sick, see your doctor if things are getting worse, wash your hands regularly and maintain good general hygiene, and try to limit the contact you have with people who are, or might be feeling unwell. Look after yourselves, and each other. We will get through this, together. Further information can be found at www.headspace.org.au, www.headtohealth.gov.au, www.au.reachout.com, www.beyondblue.org.au, and by following headspace Albury Wodonga on facebook @headspacealburywodonga and Instagram @headspace_alburywodonga, and headspace Wangaratta on facebook @headspacewangaratta.