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Hey, Wellness Warriors!

Stress happens, even in the summer. Stress is a part of life, and we describe it as both a psychological and physiological response to something that requires your attention (which we call a stressor). Without stress, you may sometimes fail to accomplish tasks or push yourself outside of your comfort zone, limiting personal growth and struggling to build a positive sense of self-esteem. Stress often receives a bad reputation, but we want you to start challenging that notion. We believe that stress can be your friend if you change your mindset and view stress more positively. Think of stress as a challenge in front of you rather than a threat. The way you interpret stress impacts your body’s response, and we know that chronic stress can have negative effects on the body. So, the next time you feel stressed, try thinking of it as a challenge and take one step to make it your friend.

Here are some steps you can take to make stress your friend:

  • Recognize the positive aspects of stress: Stress can be a natural response to challenges, motivating us to take action and overcome obstacles. By recognizing stress’s positive aspects, we can shift our mindset and view it as a helpful tool rather than a harmful force.

  • Reframe the physical sensations of stress: Instead of interpreting physical symptoms of stress, such as a racing heart or sweating, as signs of weakness or anxiety, we can reframe them as signs that our body is preparing to take action.

  • Use stress as an opportunity to learn and grow: When faced with a stressful situation, rather than avoiding it or becoming overwhelmed, we can view it as an opportunity to learn and grow. By reframing stress as a challenge, we can develop resilience and confidence in our ability to cope with difficult situations.

  • Practice self-care: While stress can be a helpful motivator, it’s important to take care of ourselves to avoid burnout or negative health consequences. Engage in self-care activities such as exercise, mindfulness, and spending time with loved ones to manage stress and build resilience.

By reframing stress as a positive force and using it as an opportunity for growth and learning, we can transform our relationship with stress and develop the skills and resilience needed to navigate life’s challenges.


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