I'm so excited for today's post as it's the first official guest post under the My Stress Story series!
I started this series as a way to bring the challenges of stress and the opportunities of stress management into the light. Every human being that is alive today is living with stress to varying degrees. It is an inherent part of the human condition. Making the shift from letting stress control us to learning to control our stress is a life-changing process. I hope that the stories shared in this series help people to gain ideas and inspiration to change their relationship with stress for the better.
If you are interested in sharing your stress story, please view the guest post guidelines.
If you'd like to read my stress story, check it out HERE.
Now let's meet Kelly..
MY INTRODUCTION TO STRESS
I learned about stress at 40 years old after reaching a tipping point and spending weeks out of commission as a result of not dealing with it. At that point, I took the initiative to educate myself about stress and what it can do to a person both physically and emotionally. I learned new ways to recognize and cope with the stressors in my life.
HOW STRESS HAS IMPACTED MY LIFE
Looking back, I understand stress was always part of my life but it was not until it's physical manifestation that I realized just how bad it was. I was working too much, raising two kids and dealing with an active military spouse and all that came with that. Looking back, it is a wonder I was not sick sooner! I finally broke down the fall before I turned 40 and while it was awful (headache, stomachache, depression and lots of tears) I now realize it was something that needed to happen to help me learn to manage my stress and lead a healthier life. It was also a wake up call for my spouse who had no idea what I really had on my plate and how much I kept from him and tried to deal with on my own.
HOW I MANAGE MY STRESS
MY STRESS ADVICE
My advice to anyone would be to take some time to reflect. Find out what stresses you out and work hard to recognize when it is happening so you can stop it in its track. Do some research and try lots of different ways to cope to see what works for you. It might be journaling, yoga, counseling or even some new ink on your arm :) No matter what...make yourself and your health a priority.
Meet Kelly gump
Kelly Gump in an educator, mom and wife. She works full time from home in K12 and HigherEd. She calls NC home with her family and their two dogs.