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It's easy to let the stresses of life overwhelm us. Our lives in modern society are busy and stuffed full of "things to do". We often don't even notice the underlying stress.
Today I want to tell you how I realised that I was in a chronic state of stress and anxiety. I wasn't showing up as the parent, wife or person that I wanted to be.
At times overwhelmed swept over me. Leaving me frustrated and angry.
I snapped at my kids.
I whined at my husband.
I sabotaged myself.
Why would I do that you ask?
Because our brains are wired to be negative. It's easy to get into a spiral of negative thinking.
When you're aware of it, you can stop it and replace it with helpful and positive behaviour.
My journey started when I looked at my family and wanted to create a "harmonious and loving family".
I started by working on myself. Including loving myself and prioritising my own needs.
We all know that too much stress is bad for you. But is all stress created equally? And what can we do to have more of the “good stress” and less of the “bad stress”.
Dr Orlena Kerek talks to Dr Marianne Van Den Broek, psychiatrist and leadership coach to find out all about how to manage the stress in our lives.
Stress is the activation of our sympathetic nervous system when our body perceives danger. Such as being chased by a lion!
Our flight, fight or freeze reaction kicks in. Our heart starts to pound (beat faster and with more force), our blood pressure goes up and our pupils dilate.
This is a “physiological” response triggered by the hormone adrenaline. (That’s the same hormone you get injected with when you have a heart attack or an anaphylactic shock. It’s strong stuff.)
The adrenaline surges around our body helping us to run away for the lion. Or tiger. Or bear.