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Take Your Head Trash To the Curb!

Take Your Head Trash To the Curb!

Garbage Eve

Every Wednesday night at about 9pm, I remind my sweetie to take the trash out. It goes something like this…

Me: It’s garbage eve.

Sweetie: Oh, yeah, I gotta take the trash out, ugggggh.

Home Trash

All week, we gather containers of unwanted debris we call trash, we use the good stuff like the banana not the peel, or the milk not the carton, all of the remaining is unnecessary fodder. Unless we want to be featured on the TV show hoarders we must remove all of this collected debris, take it to the curb for removal so we can keep our lives running smoothly.

Head Trash

When it comes to our daily thinking we need to have a similar system. There is a thing called head trash that gets in our way of keeping things clean and clear for living our lives fully. Head trash can be described as thoughts that are not useful to fully living, like that banana peel or the empty milk carton needs to get kicked to the curb once a week. If we hoard those head trash thoughts we end up with a smelly mess that won’t stop stinking.

What if you were to have a head-trash garbage eve? A regular ritual of bagging it up and taking it to the curb.

How to get rid of your head trash is only one of the tools we use at Stress Less Workshops to teach people just like you how to manage their stress. I invite you to try our programs and see what stress management can do for you. – Katie Hoffman

Stress Management is a Balancing Act

Stress Management is a Balancing Act

We All Have Stress Sometimes

For some people, it happens before having to speak in public. For other people, it might be before a first date. What causes stress for you may not be stressful for someone else. Sometimes stress is helpful – it can encourage you to meet a deadline or get things done. But long-term stress can increase the risk of diseases like depression, heart disease and a variety of other problems. There are very few among us who have never experienced stress. Whether it’s a pending work deadline or an overwhelming physical threat, our body’s response to stress can be both helpful and harmful.

Flight or Fight

Our stress response gives us the strength and speed to ward off or flee from impending danger. But when it continues, stress can put us at risk for obesity, heart disease, cancer, and a variety of other illnesses. A threat to your life or safety causes your body to undergo immediate physical changes. A chemical signal deep inside your brain speeds stress hormones through the bloodstream, preparing your body to be alert and prepared to escape danger. This is known as the “Flight or Fight” response. You have faster reaction times, your concentration becomes more focused, and your agility and strength increase. When the stressful situation ends, hormonal signals switch off the stress response and the body returns to normal.

Stress and the Modern Person

With today’s fast paced lifestyle, stress often doesn’t let up. Many of us now constantly experience anxiety and worry about work, relationships, money, the economy, college expenses, and job security-among others. As a result, the stress hormones produced by our body in anticipation of physical harm or threat continue to wash through the system in high levels, never leaving the blood and tissues. The stress response that gave our ancestors the speed and endurance to escape life-threatening dangers runs constantly in many modern people and never shuts down.

Stress Management Techniques

Mindfulness techniques, meditation, and relaxation are just some of the ways we can beat stress. We cannot avoid stress in life, the trick is to give ourselves tools to manage it so it doesn’t control our lives and harm our health and well being. Stress Less Workshops gives you a full set of the tools you need to overcome stress in your life.