#2: Is Stress Taking Over Your Life?
Can't catch a break?
Feel like the hits just keep on coming and coming and you're finding it hard to keep smiling and want to just go to a desert island on your own for 3 months and rest?
It's not uncommon to feel this way, especially after breast cancer treatment ends, and the world is expecting you to just jump back into life...BUT nobody seems to understand how stressed, exhausted, overwhelmed and scared you feel.
It can almost feel like an outer body experience...where you don't even know who you are anymore as you're flying off the handle yet again!
I get it!
I was there too...but I've learned to manage stress differently, so that it doesn't impact my health and life the same way.
In today's episode I'll be sharing 6 of the main ways that stress might be impacting your life...PLUS...my Crazed to Calm tip for each of them, plus my tea recommendation of the day, that you can start implementing right away!
A stressed-out mindset can have a significant impact on various areas of your life, especially after breast cancer.
Here's how it can affect six key areas:
- Emotional Well-being: Persistent stress can lead to heightened anxiety, mood swings, and feelings of sadness or depression. It may be more challenging to find emotional stability and cope with the emotional aftermath of breast cancer.
- Physical Health: Stress can have detrimental effects on physical health. It can weaken the immune system, increase the risk of health issues, and exacerbate existing conditions. Managing stress is crucial for maintaining overall physical well-being.
- Relationships: Stress can strain relationships with loved ones. It may lead to irritability, decreased patience, and difficulty in effectively communicating or connecting with others. Stress management can help maintain healthier and more supportive relationships.
- Work/Productivity: High levels of stress can negatively impact work performance and productivity. It may lead to difficulty concentrating, making decisions, and managing tasks effectively. Calming the mind can enhance focus, productivity, and overall job satisfaction.
- Self-Care: Chronic stress can hinder self-care practices. You may find it more challenging to prioritize activities that promote self-care, such as exercise, proper nutrition, and adequate rest. A calm mindset is essential for maintaining a healthy lifestyle and taking care of yourself.
- Quality of Life: Overall, a stressed-out mindset can significantly diminish your quality of life. It can rob you of joy, hinder your ability to find fulfillment, and limit your enjoyment of daily activities. Cultivating a calm mind can lead to a more fulfilling and satisfying life after breast cancer.
Recognizing the impact of stress on these areas is the first step toward managing it effectively. It's important to seek support from healthcare professionals, therapists, support groups, and loved ones to develop coping strategies and techniques that promote a calm and resilient mindset. Remember, self-care and stress management are vital components of your post-breast cancer journey and recovery.
TODAY’S TEA: #3: The Solar Plexus Chakra
ACCORDING TO DAILY OM...
Chakra Color: Yellow
Where It’s Located: Above the naval, but below the ribs
What It Represents: “Here’s where all your digestion is happening — of food and ideas,” Dale says. “It’s about ideas, belief systems, inner chatter, [and] how you pick up on information and how you perceive it. It organizes ideas, and so it’s the center that indicates work success.” It’s also about manifestation, transformation, personal power, motivation, and resilience, Malaspina says.
How to Work With It: Ask yourself, What thoughts do I have — and which ones am I putting in charge? Do I feel clarity, courage, and confidence?
What Aligning Your Solar Plexus Chakra Does: You’ll experience more clarity and courage, as well as a feeling of confident humility.