During these uncertain times, it is natural to experience stress and have anxious thoughts. With canceled plans, homeschooling and sharing close quarters with loved ones while sheltering in place, we are all doing our best to quickly adapt to changes. Caliber Home Loans cares about the well-being of our customers. You are an extension of our Caliber family and we are here to support you during these trying times by providing helpful resources that can be used to gain some much-needed relief. Remember, we are all in this together and we will get through this together!

Stress is a basic part of life and at times can even be advantageous, depending on how you manage and perceive it. Gaining awareness of your body’s physical response to stress is a huge step in learning to manage and reduce its effects. But we can’t manage anything we don’t fully understand. That’s where mindfulness comes in.

The Science Behind Stress

When your brain detects a stressor, it releases the hormone cortisol, which is released into your bloodstream, locking receptors in your tissues and organs. Your blood sugar increases, adrenaline raises your heart rate and you breathe faster to quickly distribute oxygen-rich blood throughout your body. Throughout the process, your body readies itself to face a threat, commonly known as the “fight or flight” response.

The Impact of Prolonged Stress and Anxiety

Chronic stress can impact relationships and lead to or exacerbate many other serious health issues. From anxiety and depression, irritability, feeling overwhelmed, restlessness, trouble sleeping, a lack of motivation, racing thoughts, a hard time concentrating, problems with memory recall, cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, inflammation, diabetes, heart attack, stroke, substance abuse… the list goes on. So, what can you do to combat stress?

Practice Mindfulness

Jay Shetty is an award-winning storyteller, podcaster and former monk turned motivational speaker. He shares relevant, practical, and inspirational messages in an effort to help reduce stress, aid in building healthy relationships, and reframe the mind. Check out his short 5-minute videos on how to stress less, achieve more and experience happiness.

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For more helpful practices from Jay, you can listen to his podcast “On Purpose with Jay Shetty”, subscribe to his YouTube channel, or follow him on Facebook and Instagram.