Stress Management

 "Stress is the trash of modern life - we all generate it, but if you don't dispose of it properly, it will pile up and overtake your life."

~ Danzae Pace ~

 Strand Number 3

~ Stress Management ~

Has anyone ever scared you intentionally? Have you ever just avoided being involved in an auto accident? Have you ever tripped and nearly fallen when walking down a flight of steps? If so, you probably became instantly warm, your skin flushed and maybe damp with perspiration. Your heart immediately began to race and you felt tension and nervousness in your stomach. That is as you probably already know, the "fight or flight" response. Your body recognized a threat to it's well being and prepared to respond.

Fight or flight
being used
as
it was intended
at the run of the
bulls!
 

Fight or flight
being used in a way
that was not intended.
 

 Fight or flight is how our bodies respond to stress regardless of the form in which it presents itself though the level of reaction is going to vary. The type of stress does not matter, we may have very nearly been hit by a car, or we may be working long hours for long periods of time under heavy scrutiny, the stress response is the same either way. There is a difference though. After nearly being hit by a car, (or gored by a bull) the fight or flight response diminishes rapidly and with in minutes your body returns to a normal level of functioning. In the second scenario, the stress response can last for weeks or months or even years rising and falling but never going away altogether.

The fight or flight response is a wonderful thing and it has saved countless people from near catastrophe, but our bodies were never intended to operate for long periods of time under its influence. It is during these prolonged periods of stress and tension that damage is done to our bodies due to overexposure to stress hormones. High blood pressure, heart disease, cancer, head aches, insomnia and stomach problems are just a few of the side effects that you might experience.

Sick often
Cancer
Insomnia
Stomach Disorders
High Blood Pressure
Unclear Thinking
Depression
Eating Disorders

Nutrition
Active Living
+            Low Stress 
          =     Optimal Health

This is what the "third strand" in our cord that can't be broken is all about. If we are going to be successful in achieving true health and fitness, it is going to be imperative that we learn how to manage, reduce and even eliminate (if possible) the stressors in our lives. Here at Five To Thrive we are going to equip you with the knowledge, motivation and tools necessary to help you to take control of this area of your life. Come on and join us on the journey to health and fitness! You'll be glad you did.

By Your Side, Every Day, Every Step of the Way
Rick

Think Fit    

 

 By now, you've read our philosophy, and you know about our "three strands" of health and fitness. Click on any one of the links to the left and learn how we can help you in applying these principles to your life!

By Your Side, Every Day, Every Step of the Way
Rick