IMPACT OF STRESS
“The Christmas season can have several moments of stress. The impact of stress can be overwhelming for people. To help, we have posted an interview originally conducted with one of our Phsychologists, Karyn Zuidhof.”
Interview with Karyn Zuidhof on News Talk 770
original air Date 2016
Transcript of the interview
Interviewer: Well I feel we’ve all had to deal one time or another with a little bit of stress in in our life. How does your body handle it? What are the best ways of dealing with stress? Real Pleasure this morning to be joined by Karyn Zuidhof; she is a registered Psychologist – Karyn how you doing this morning?
Karyn: I’m good. Thanks for having me, John.
Interviewer: Excellent! Well stress is – well I guess we all deal with it at one time or another don’t we?
Interviewer: so what are the best ways to deal with stress in your opinion?
Karyn: well there’s a lot of things that you can do. Probably what I would say is – in the moment it’s really helpful to do a couple strategies. One would be to take a couple deep breaths. If we can physiologically calm ourselves down then our minds can calm down and we have a better option of dealing with the situation at hand.
Interviewer: I think that’s important because stress can make you do things you regret
Karyn: Absolutely. And probably that’s most obvious in our relationships. Kind of speaking from my own experience, if I’m moody of overwhelmed I react differently. I tend to become defensive, or to have a bigger reaction than I would if was calm and dealing with the same situation.
Interviewer: and that’s what’s so amazing about the human personality, the human body. We all sort to deal with stress in different ways don’t we?
Karyn: yeah absolutely, and our bodies deal with it differently and you really don’t know. We don’t always pay attention. We might not realize that our muscles are tense, our heartrate, our blood pressure increases, as our bodies prepares to deal with the stress – and even if we noticed it we might not take the time to deal with it.
Interviewer: so if it’s a big stress or a small stress, does our body react differently?
Karyn: No our body actually reacts the same way, it prepares for the stress by going into the fight or flight response – and so it’s getting ready to deal with whatever the threat is, but it’s not sustainable. So if we enter into that stress and stay there, our bodies can’t handle being there for a long period of time.
Interviewer: so the better we deal with stress, obviously will improve our mental health I would think.
Interviewer: so, again, what are some of the best ways to deal with stress if we’re having one of those bad days?
Karyn: probably in the moment, I’d say take deep breathing, getting out of the situation, going out for a walk – anything that kind of allows ourselves to physiologically calm down will then allow our mind to. Also looking at your perspective – changing your language or your thinking can make a big difference. Breaking something down into something you can deal with, instead of looking at the overwhelming big picture or using positive language like “I can” versus “I can’t” can do that for us.