• Lisa Magnuson

Wellness Challenge #25- Recognizing chronic stress

This past week has not been a good one for the Magnuson family.  I’m not one to whine and complain and we have seen our fair share of stressful weeks but this one was pretty terrible. Our 15 year old dog that was our first “baby” got sick and we had to put him down on Friday. The girls started school remotely and it was a really rocky start. If you know Elin at all you can understand that remote learning is not a way she can access her education so we are struggling to figure out how to keep her from regressing without physically being able to go to school.

We have learned over the years the best way for us to manage our stressful weeks is through movement. The harder things get, the more we lift, run, bike or just go for walks to work through the emotions.  Of course this isn’t the only way to help alleviate stress nor is it the best way, it just seems to be how we cope.

You don’t have to have stressful weeks or events to cause chronic stress either. Simply the day to day grind and uncertainty among many other factors can add up and cause a stress response in your body.  I thought this article was particularly helpful in explaining how daily events can add up to creating “stress bod.” 

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