- Lack of sleep. For some people, stress makes their mind go into overdrive and it can be difficult to shut it down and get to sleep.
- Sore muscles. Somehow, stress finds it way into our muscles. For me, it is always in my shoulders and neck. Thank goodness I have a great massage therapist who can help with that!
- Under/over-eating. Some individuals lose their appetite when stressed where others make terrible food choices when stressed.
How We Cope with Stress
In my opinion, our society does a pretty horrible job of coping with stress. It seems like we take two main paths:
- Avoidance. If we just avoid having a difficult conversation or making a difficult decision, it will just go away, right? Unfortunately, it does not.
- Medication. If the stress is making us feel bad, we go see a doctor and they make us feel better. For many people, that means using prescription drugs to “fix” the issues like lack of sleep.
How We Should Think About Stress
- Stress is growth. Behind or underneath all of that stress, you are growing as an individual. That is a good thing!
- We all are lobsters. We are soft and squishy on the insides but put up a rigid shell around ourselves for protection.
” The stimulus for a lobster to grow is that it feels uncomfortable!” – Dr. Abraham Twerski
- It’s time to create a new shell. When you feel stressed, it may be time to cast off your old shell and produce a new one that allows you to feel more comfortable and continue to grow.
So I leave you with this challenge today. How can you be more like a lobster? And if you are so inclined, share your lobster stories with us!