Stress is a modern day evil, and yet we accept it in stride. I'm talking about the chronic, unrelenting kind of stress. We shrug it off, laugh it off, even sport it around like a badge of honor or merit. In a society where more, faster, harder, longer is the norm...what's the end result?
Are your last words before you leave this world going to be "I wish I did more."?
Ultimately, it's our choices that determine our stress levels. Everything we choose, we are in control over. Our priorities, inner dialogue and beliefs determine our stress levels.
Stress comes when you are worrying: worrying about the future, about the past influencing the future...even though the future hasn't even happened yet.
What are you doing this very moment? How are you feeling in this very moment? Are you happy? Are you grateful? Are you thankful? Are you breathing? The next moment may never come; it is not guaranteed. Think about where you want to put your energy: in the future that hasn't even happened yet, or in the "now", where you presently are...
If you are the kind of person who tends to put a lot of stock in future events by worrying, fearing, obsessing...the end result will be a lifetime of stress, because the future is not here yet, therefore, it doesn't exist. Period. A really great acronym for FEAR is
FUTURE EVENTS APPEARING REAL
When you purposely put yourself through the rigors of the "worry cycle", you end up creating a tremendous amount of stress for your body to deal with.
Cortisol is the stress hormone that is secreted from your adrenal glands when you are "stressed". Your body doesn't know the difference between running late for work and being chased by a lion. Your body also doesn't know the difference between not knowing how you are going to make ends meet and being chased by a lion. All it knows is STRESS, and it secretes cortisol because of it.
If you take a look around you can see a true indicator of our stressed -out society by the increase of belly fat on so many people. Again, this is a direct result of the effects of cortisol--which is also called the "fat storage hormone."
A lifetime of stress has wreaked havoc on my own body with intestinal permeability (leaky gut), autoimmune problems, motility problems and food sensitivities. In the past I chose stress: my career choices, my personal choices (trying to do it all myself), and faulty personal dialogue and habits (people pleasing and martyrdom), to name a few.
I now choose peace, acceptance, discernment, and living in the moment as I try to heal the damage that my misaligned choices made to my body. I do what I can, and ask for help with what I can't. I forgive, I own up, and try to be grateful, thankful and humble. And most of all, I let God do the heavy work.
Because my life depends on it. And so does yours.
Wishing you love, blessings and abundant health,