Undercurrents of Stress
This month, April is stress awareness month.
We are at the end of the month at this point and I just wanted to talk for a few minutes about the stress undercurrents that you may be living with.
We all have stress that is clear and above ground so to speak. Those include work, family responsibilities, illness, elder parents, young children, teenagers, everyday driving and traffic, and the list can go on and on.
When I say “undercurrents” of stress I am talking about those stresses that aren’t necessarily within your sight. These include stresses that are always running in the background of your life. Like stress from a childhood of trauma. Stress from living with a partner or family members that are creating trauma whether spoken or unspoken. The stress from drug abuse or alcoholism. Those stresses that we may or may not be aware of. Those stresses that we don’t acknowledge for fear that they may overwhelm us. They are still there even though we may not be acknowledging them each day. They run on a constant current in the background of our lives. Like an underground stream. They are consistently causing energetic issues in our mental state, our physical state, our emotional state, and our spiritual state.
So what do you do about it? You begin by digging down deep under the surface to acknowledge those stresses. Acknowledging and identifying those stresses is the first step.
Your homework is to sit with yourself, give yourself time to look at your past and your present day. We aren’t wanting to spend a lot of time. We just want to take some specific time to slow down and sit with ourselves to pay attention. Write down some of those undercurrents of stress. Bring them out into the light. As soon as you do that they lose a lot of their strength to interfere with your present moments because you are bringing them into your current state of consciousness.
Next step is to create some ritual like journaling or meditation to work with the stress. Meditation now has many scientific studies that prove a practice can help alleviate the undercurrents of stress in our lives. Other stress relievers are earthing/grounding, massage, walking in the woods, swimming, talk therapy, etc.
Begin to become aware it is what changes your life.
Eat well, live well, be well.