As I look around, it feels like stressors are everywhere these days. During the past 12-months (and counting) we’ve had to make major changes to the way we live our lives. In turn, this has led to increased anxiety and uncertainty about what the future holds for us.
Thinking back to March 2020, I can still feel how stressful it was, not only about my family or me catching the virus, but also trying to figure out how to adjust to the new normal—even though it was only going to be temporary.
On top of all that, we’ve had to face significant social stressors like mass shootings, racial injustices, riots, and even an assault on the U.S. Capital. No wonder so many people are stressed out! In fact, the recent Stress in America Survey conducted by the American Psychological Association found that 84% of respondents reported having increased stress levels.
Although most of us have adapted to some degree and found new ways to work, socialize, exercise, and keep our sanity, the prolonged stress has been taking its toll on the mental and physical health of many people.
Has it been affecting you too?
Short-term stress motivates us to get through challenging situations. Whether it’s a genuine threat, preparing to take a test, or having a short turnaround time on a project at work, the stress response kicks in quickly by releasing stress hormones like cortisol and adrenaline. These in turn, cause physiological changes that put us into high gear to help us do what is needed to get through the situation.
Once that’s achieved, the stress response then quiets down until it’s summoned again.
Unfortunately, our brains don’t differentiate between real and perceived threats; the evolutionary wiring is geared to protect us, no matter what. The problem is that when stress becomes chronic, our stress hormones don’t turn off and this can lead to significant health problems, such as:
Given the magnitude of everything that’s been going on, if you’re facing some of these same problems, it’s really important to start making stress management a priority for yourself.
Even if stress seems to be getting the best of you right now, it’s still possible to get it under control. To help you out, I want to share some simple tips that I know can make a positive difference for you going forward.
By taking the steps now to reduce your levels of stress, you’ll also be creating more balance in your life. This will help improve your overall sense of well-being and support you in becoming the resilient person you are meant to be. I believe you can do this!
If you’re struggling and need professional help, Amen Clinics is here for you. We offer in-clinic brain scanning and appointments, as well as mental telehealth, remote clinical evaluations, and video therapy for adults, children, and couples. Find out more by speaking to a specialist today at 888-288-9834 or visit our contact page here.
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