Happy you made it to another installment of your Stress Management Coaching with me!
Did you know that community has the power to play a role in helping us manage stress?
Many studies have shown that positive social support can enhance resilience to stress. Resilience is defined as a process of adapting well in the face of adversity. I know that no one will argue when I say that today's world certainly presents us with daily adversities in the form of daily stressors, at work, in relationships, finances, family and more. Funny enough, on the topic of companionship - its stress who has become one of our most familiar companions! In contrast, isolation and loneliness and its association with stress have also been studied and those studies have shown that isolation and loneliness cause high levels of stress. Community is vital.
Now, note that when we say community I am not referring to any one type or definition of what community is but rather referring to the idea of togetherness.
This can happen with a bestie, a small group of people, your entire neighborhood around your home, a club, a close network, a tribe. The magic is the warmth and togetherness of a caring community. I help high achieving career successful women how to overcome overwhelming exhaustion
and stress and how to regain their time, energy and joy back. For many of my clients, and how it was once for me too, while we've spent a lifetime caring and doing for so many others all around us, when faced with the question - what would make you happy....I get silence. It becomes difficult to know what is joyful for her when she's been so busy making sure everyone else was happy.
Community is one great strategy that can help you get re-acquainted with what brings your joy.
Let me tell you about how embracing the support of others can work wonders in bringing comfort and joy to our lives....
A Shoulder to Lean On: When life throws its curveballs, having a supportive community can make all the difference. Whether it's friends, family, or simply a tribe of like-minded individuals, having someone to lean on and share our burdens with can be incredibly therapeutic. Just knowing that we are not alone in our struggles creates a sense of unity and reassurance, allowing stress to melt away, and letting joy in instead. Shared Laughter: Shared Joy: In the company of a community, laughter resonates like music, bringing people closer together. The joy of shared laughter is contagious, lifting our spirits and unburdening our minds from stress. When we surround ourselves with people who bring positivity and happiness, who care about our well being, stress doesn't stand a chance! Get together with some people or someone you enjoy, let them in, and I dare you not to enjoy yourself! The Power of Empathy: Empathy is a magical ingredient that community brings to our lives. When we share our stress and anxieties with others, and they respond with genuine understanding and empathy, the weight on our hearts feels lighter. Knowing that others truly care fosters a sense of belonging and security, which is immensely soothing during stressful times, because belonging and security is a fundamental human need. Bonding Through Activities: Engaging in activities with a community is not only enjoyable but also therapeutic. Whether it's gardening, painting, sports, or any other shared activity, these experiences foster a sense of camaraderie and provide a much-needed break from the pressures of daily life. As we immerse ourselves in these shared times, stress fades into the background. New perspectives can emerge, helping us build our arsenal or resilience.
Learning and Growing Together: In a nurturing community, we have the opportunity to learn and grow together. The exchange of experiences, knowledge, and wisdom enables personal development and helps us gain new perspectives on stressors. As we overcome challenges collectively, we emerge stronger and more resilient. This is a chance to see things in a different light, which can lead to big drops in our stress response.
I hope that with today's read you feel inspired to embrace the warmth of community in your life. Surrounding ourselves with caring individuals who support, uplift, and share in life's joys and sorrows is an invaluable treasure. Community holds a key to reducing stress and fostering a life of fulfillment and contentment. We weren't designed to go at "it" alone. Remember that sharing and being with others can keep your heart light and empowered to rise above the challenges you may face in a way that allows you to think clearer and productively navigate your stressors. this week while at work, take a 15 minute or 30 minute break with a colleague you enjoy. Have a laugh together and lean on one another. Take the time to actively listen to each other and MAKE those stress hormones melt away...