Don’t Stress It!
Take a look at this graphic from heartmath.com and see how stress can affect your mental, physical and emotional health. Some of these points are staggering, what we allow into our lives without even knowing it. For those who have continually dealt with stress in their lives, we can become numb to stress that causes us mental, emotional, and ultimately physical harm to our lives. It’s time to notice the frustration and the triggers in our lives that harm us and our children and remove them.
If you are under stress for whatever reason, try to deal with the frustrations as soon as possible. Take a time out for yourself when you feel stressed, even if it is just closing your eyes and counting to 20 or going to a restroom and spending a moment in peace. Whatever you can hold onto that will give you peace of mind, think on that, relieve yourself of that stress until you can better take care of it.
I don’t think we notice a lot of times what stresses our children out. A lot of times, their behaviours and emotional reactions are in direct reply to stresses and frustrations that they just aren’t equipped to deal with. The idea that children are resilient is true, because the human body and mind have the ability to handle so much stress. That doesn’t mean it is a good thing, and it doesn’t mean that it is something that we should teach the body and brain to accept as normal. A lot isn’t normal in this world. Kids deal with way too much stress.
If there is stress from people in your life you may need to take a more drastic action to rid yourself of that stress. Don’t let others ruin your health and peace of mind. Don’t let them make your life toxic. Don’t let them create a toxic environment for your children. It isn’t worth it to be unhealthy because of stress, and it isn’t worth it for your children to grow up thinking that a stressful environment is normal. Teach them how to deal with stress properly and remove unnecessary stressful things from their lives as well.
To your health!