Stress.

It is something we all experience. It’s a subject we can all find common ground on. However, stress can be unique as the person who is experiencing it.

Stress may be an unexpected and uncertain anxiety hovering in our minds. However, our physical body ignites in a response as well.

The wave of anxiety and worry slithers into our minds scheming on what form it may take into shape; life events, unexpected circumstances, travel, loss and in the most recent case, the form of a pandemic.

“As we continue social distancing, conversations about mental health on social media have seen up to a 750% increase month-over-month.”

How to cope with coronavirus disease (COVID-19) anxiety & stress
By Emily Ornberg

Walgreens published a very informative and enlightening article on the matter; even granting tips and approaches to handle stress surrounding COVID-19.

Quarantine has left a lot of us in panic or fear.

The anxiety, depression and mental health issues we had before seem to be on the rise. Left in isolation and the unknown of our tomorrow, our minds slip into a stressful state that could be impacting our body more than we understand.

Harvard Medical School published an article addressing how stress responds in the body.

This combination of reactions to stress is also known as the “fight-or-flight” response because it evolved as a survival mechanism, enabling people and other mammals to react quickly to life-threatening situations. The carefully orchestrated yet near-instantaneous sequence of hormonal changes and physiological responses helps someone to fight the threat off or flee to safety. Unfortunately, the body can also overreact to stressors that are not life-threatening, such as traffic jams, work pressure, and family difficulties.

Understanding the stress response
Chronic activation of this survival mechanism impairs health

The power of the mind is profound. The article suggests stress can be correlated to brain changes and even formation of artery clogging deposits. What’s even more astounding, Harvard dives deep into the brain chemistry of stress and how it plays a role in our body.

But just as both articles elaborate on the astounding conviction of mind-and-body connection, both also give great suggestions on how to manage stress during uncertain times such as this. I highly recommend checking out the valuable suggestions.

Hoping this finds you well in some way. Sending you light and love, always.

Jake’s sister, Amber

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