Hi Warrior!

I’m delighted to welcome you to week one of stage two of your ‘I Am A Warrior’ Mindset Coaching programme. I’m so excited to have you here, to continue on to the next stage of your development!

Like level one, it’s going to be a combination of videos, text and downloads.

Let’s start by watching the video below:

First up, how would you define ‘stress’? Take a few moments to jot it down.

The dictionary defines stress as:

‘a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or demanding circumstances.’

Or, if used as a verb:

‘subject to pressure or tension’

So not a good feeling, and allegedly at least a third of us would describe ourselves as stressed on a daily basis. I know I definitely have!

Take a moment to think about yourself – do you feel stressed on a regular basis? Recognise ‘symptoms’ such as: racing heart, dry mouth, short of breath, feeling anxious, overworked, rushed, too busy, out of time, overheating, forgetfulness.

How often do you feel like that? Please be honest and don’t judge yourself.

What if I said to you that stress isn’t a thing, it isn’t anything? That I don’t agree with that definition above?

We’ve been taught that stress is a normal thing, often something to be praised. If someone is working long hours, getting run down, feeling stressed, we tend to praise or revere the, which reinforces the feeling in us that this is how we should be, or how we need to be to be successful.

So, let’s break it down, what really is stress?

I believe it is a cover up word for other emotions, which are less socially acceptable, such as:

Stress is our animal response to a life situation which we are not happy with. We are still animals and I think it’s important to recognise such.

Take a minute to think about whether any of those words strike a chord with you. Are you really pissed off with your partner? Lonely because you feel you can’t find a partner? Frustrated at work? I would encourage you to free-write your thoughts now, as this might be a quite revelatory moment.

Once we know the real feeling we’re dealing with, we can start to deal with the ‘stress’, rather than managing this vague word which no one 100% identifies with.

Your continuing homework for this week is to keep a note (I would recommend you buy a little journal if you haven’t already) of when you start to feel like this and what the occurrence is that triggers it.

By this time next week, you’ll have a good idea of the situations in your life that are causing you distress or discomfort and we can then start to address them.

Good luck and as ever, please do share your experiences in the Warriors Group.

Much love,

Amy, Head Warrior