Life can be stressful, more often than we would like. Stress can come from various situations – home, office, family, friends, financial, emotional as well as physical sources!
Access to conveniences such as Swiggy, Zomato, Netflix etc as well as an addiction to social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter means we are living very differently. We eat more fast food, we move less and sleep less. All this in fact leads to more stress on our body, increasing what is called the 'allostatic load'.
What is a stress cup?
Did you know, that there is good stress and bad stress?! A lot of it depends on how you respond to it. Too little and you might feel bored. Too much and it can harm your health. There is a middle ground that energizes and motivates you without causing harm and that is where you will thrive.
Think of all the stress your body can handle as a cup - a stress cup. You can fill it with stress of various kinds and still be ok. Or you can fill it too much, it overflows and then something breaks - usually this means you fall sick or break down 🙁.
Most of us have too much going on, and our stress cup is probably pretty full (see the image below). You can see that different things cause stress, some physical and some mental. Your body has to deal with both!
There will come a point when this cup will overflow. For example, let's take the last stress cup and add a lot of high intensity exercise (which is stress on your body). You then get this.....the glass is too full, uh oh! Low immunity, headaches and migraines, acid reflux - these can all be warning signs of an overflowing stress cup.
Where we really want to be is to (a) have a bigger stress cup and (b) always have some room at the top. Like this......
In Starbucks terms, you want the largest sized cup! That is the most resilient you, while the smallest is the most vulnerable.
How do you increase the size of your stress cup?
Coping with stress is easier said than done but it’s important to make a start. There are 3 main areas that you should focus on - see the image below. If you've got doubts, like 'They say ......is good/bad for you' - that will most likely fall under 'everything else' in the below image.
Here are some of the simplest things you can and should do:
- Do not compromise on sleep.
- Eat a nutritious and balanced diet.
- Play/exercise often, but don't overdo it.
- Set aside time to do things you enjoy, every day. Start small, even 10mins is fine, but make a start!
- Get outside/in nature as often as you can.
And finally, if you feel stuck - get a coach/ ask for help.
Look at the image below. The image on the right shows where you want to be: get stronger and have a larger stress cup with room to spare!
So get on it, start today!