Do you ever stress about being stressed out? Yeah me too..
I’m all sorts of fucked up too, half the time I get stressed out about shit that I shouldnt even be stressing out about, and then after I’ve done the thing I was stressed out about I hate myself for wasting energy on stressing out about something so stupid ARGGGHHH… Sound familiar? Yep thought so.
My major downfall is that I hate failure, I hate the feeling of doing something that I am not 100% confident in, it makes me super anxious. I’ve always been like that. My mum tells me when I was younger I wouldn’t even let her see me write my name until I had it perfected… like what? Callum you were 2 grow up..
Now, stress can be very detrimental to your body if you don’t try to help yourself. Ready for a quick human bio lesson? Okay sweet, Nerd Callum to the rescue. So our body reacts a certain way to stress and we can’t control that, we are hard-wired to work this way.
SOOO, when we perceive something as a threat, such as a spider jumping on you, or that shadow you see in the corner of your room that is definitely a demon and not just your dressing gown on your chair, or the most stressful thing in the history of stressful things, having to get up in front of the class and give a speech – yeah fuck that right.. Anyway After this our brain sets off a bunch of emergency alarms, now these alarms trigger a bunch of hormone signals, which causes the adrenal glands to produce what we call ‘adrenaline’ and ‘cortisol’. adrenaline basically increases our energy supplies, it speeds up our heart rate and raises our blood pressure. Now cortisol is the main stress hormone, this hormone increases the sugars in our bloodstream, ou may have also heard the term ‘Fight or Flight’, Yep this is cortisol doing its job too. It pretty much gets your body ready to fun like fuck, so it alters your immune system responses, stops digestion of food, the reproductive system and the growth process. Right, you still with me? Hope so because this is pretty important. So usually your body will return back to normal once this perceived threat has passed. BUTTTT, if you suffer from chronic stress or find yourself stressing out about a lot of shit, then your body stays in this ‘fight or flight’ mode. This can be very dangerous for your body in th elong term. It can lead to severe anxiety, depression, serious digestive problems, weight gain, heart disease and many other serious implications.
This is way we need to manage our stress levels and try to chill the fuck out. So first off I’ll tell you a few ways to help manage your stress, explained by actual health practitioners. Then I’ll tell you how I manage my stress.
Healthy balanced diet
Enjoy quality time with others
Seek professional help
Get the fuck out of the house – Just go for a walk, get some fresh air
Podcasts! – This helps me so much, jump on Spotify or whatever you use and find some podcasts to listen to, they can be educational ones, life mentoring ones, funny ones, literally anything you enjoy listening to. You’ll love it, trust me!
Exercise – I know there’s a lot of stigma towards exercise because who the fuck wants to run non stop for half an hour.. I’d rather sit on the couch eating KFC. Seriosuly though, go do some physical activity, go throw a ball at a tree if you really want. I enjoy going to the gym, for me its the most therapeutic way to chill out and clear my mind.
Meditation – There are a few apps that you can listen to that speak to you and all you need to do is lay back and relax, I’d recommend HeadSpace. Good little way to relax and clear your head.
SLEEP!!! self explanatory really, sleep is where your body repairs itself and regenerates new cells and gets you all fresh and new. so try getting at least 7-8 hours of sleep!
You need to also convince yourself that not everything is your fault and no one is perfect, unless you’re a BBQ Chicken pizza from dominos that is. Just take some time to think about how harmful stressing out over little things can be in the long-term.
Just chill out, have a cookie and try to be the happiest you okay? Good.