“Good stress is still stress.” I can hear my biofeedback therapist saying again as the thought comes to mind after a week of working at 3 new jobs (in addition to the 3 I already have).
When I’m entering into new seasons and investing in new opportunities, it can be stressful – even when it includes much anticipated changes.
Good stress is still stress.
“When your stress increases, increase your rest,” she’d say, as I remember again the valuable lessons she taught me.
So amidst exciting changes and the awareness that my body is trying to keep up (e.g. an associated scratchy throat), I am reminded to rest. To give my body a break.
I also remember wise counsel I’ve learned along the way in my healing journey, the accumulation of which essentially taught me this – when you’re starting to feel like you might be getting sick (as I was at the end of the week):
- eat raw vegetables (versus animal proteins and/or cooked foods which are harder to digest)
- avoid sugar (fruit included)
- drink lots of water
- give your body a cleanse…fast even (I usually do a juice fast when I fast…it’s typically easier as raw juice can make you feel quite full – even if you’re not eating!)
When things are moving forward fast – even good things! – and I sense my body struggling amidst the changes, sometimes the last thing I need is to eat more (adding more energy drain on my body…digestion takes a HUGE amount of energy!!!) And I might even need a good cleanse, or a day or two of fasting.
Amidst pressure to go full speed ahead, and endless opportunities for constant stimulation, it can be a challenge to pull back. To rest. To cleanse. To just stop.
But in so doing, you just might avoid the onset of threatening sickness, and a “reset” that will allow you to enjoy the journey a bit more.
Even in the midst of “good stress.”
What do you find helps prevent sickness and burnout amidst times in your life when you’re experiencing “good stress”? I’d love to hear what you’ve found helpful!