In the latest episode of Awareness Addicts, Dr. Gala Gorman, the show’s host, discusses dealing with changes, both those wanted and unwanted. When life presents an opportunity to let go, what does it look like to be in resistance to that? Letting go gracefully is what’s required, but it’s not always easy.
In a recent article from News-Medical.Net, women were found to experience higher stress levels from major life events than men. Stress can have a devastating effect on the body and mind. The article says, “During stress, the body prepares for action by releasing hormones into the blood stream, which affects the heart as well as digestive and immune systems. Frequent and prolonged stress can cause long-term physiological problems in the body. With women more likely to report feeling stressed than men, this could have a very real impact on their health.”
In the episode, listeners will:
- Learn how to handle changes with grace and ease
- Explore why people resist making changes, especially important ones
- Identify the thoughts that sabotage the change process
“While many people are aware of the effect of stress on mental wellbeing, it is also important to consider the impact on the body’s systems. Your brain, nervous and hormonal systems react to stress and it affects your heart, immune system and gastrointestinal system. When stress is prolonged, these effects on the whole body can result in illnesses such as ulcers or increased risk of heart attack.”
As Gorman says, “Even wanted change is stressful. Most of us lead busy and full lives. Change requires that we add activities and decisions to an already full plate. No wonder we resist! It’s inevitable though. So, we need to develop the resiliency to deal with whatever life puts on our path. Shining that spotlight of awareness on the situation is what’s going to help us do that and really embrace this letting go process.”
In this episode of Awareness Addicts, the show’s host discusses making change. It’s not just intentional change. Changes that are forced on us … like the loss of a job, the death of a loved one, or the end of a relationship, can be really difficult. It’s understandable that thoughts and fears tend to sabotage the change process.
For those interested in tuning into this show visit: AA 0015: How to Take the Stress Out of Stress – Dealing with Life Events
In this episode of Awareness Addicts, we talk about making changes. Have you been thinking about making a change in your life? Or, maybe a change was forced on you, unwanted. For anyone dealing with changes in their life, there will be many of the same issues. We resist change in all sorts of ways. We need to have some tools handy so we can let go gracefully. And what does that look like?