We hear on the news and read in our magazines that we need to manage our stress. We are told that stress can cause high blood pressure, heart disease, headaches, muscle tension, weight gain and inflammation. Is it possible to manage these symptoms?

Let us first take an objective point of view at this word. Dictionary definition: “Stress, noun-a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or very demanding circumstances.” To think of someone in a mental or emotional state implies there is room for interpretation, depending upon the individual. What does this suggest regarding the issues of our personal health? Stress is not an objective concept outside of an individual’s perception.  Stress results from your perception of reality and your perspective of a situation. Stress itself is only bad for you when you perceive it as such.

Our fear of the “what ifs” and the anxieties of things to come are often our main source of concern.  Stress becomes harmful when we marinate on the fears. You can choose either fork in the road with FEAR: see False Events Appearing Real or Face Everything And Recover.

Sometimes, however, things feel out of control. Life rains down several events in a short time. People get ill and pass away, tragic events happen, we get wounded. Not everything is in our control, yet we can control how we respond. “Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.” – Charles R. Swindoll

What if we focused our attention on our perspective? What if we banned the s-word and used words like “opportunity,” “challenge” or “obstacle?” These are power words associated with hope, inspiration and action. Words are powerful in how they influence our perspective.

I encourage you to ban the s-word (stress) from your vocabulary and see what happens. Imagine your attitude improves and happiness increases while your anxiety lessens. People who exhibit positivity during challenges are more successful in life. You are a powerful woman with a vast array of skills, talents and greatness. Go do your thing with purpose, hope and love, because that is what will radiate from you to others.

About Our Author

Jill Unterbug

Jill Unterbug is a nutritionist and a Certified Functional Medicine Health Coach. She graduated from Texas A&M University with a bachelor’s degree in Nutritional Science with a focus in Dietetics. Her passion is helping clients and their families achieve their health goals through establishing a foundation in healthy habits.

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