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Understanding your stress, with Erika Belanger

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I have a passion for helping women in their personal growth, so they can feel that anything is possible in life. Blogging is one way I do that; another medium for me to share a more personal side of the whole journey. 

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Are you part of the 50% of people who report their stress increased dramatically in the last few years? Has the world pandemic and its new demands taken a toll on your life and wellbeing? If so, today’s episode is for you.

For today’s episode, I do not have a guest, I’m taking the spotlight. Check out my other solo episodes:

Episode #73: Yoga, chronic pain, and mental health.

Episode #77: Setting Goals and Moving Forward

Episode #87: 5 reasons you procrastinate 

Episode #93: A 3 step guide to being more yourself 

Since stress is such a big topic and affects so many people, I’m planning on doing a series. It’s also a very big part of my yoga teachings already, at the core of my coaching, so I have a lot to say on the subject.

Listen to the full episode:


1- A lack of awareness around your stress stops you from really addressing it. Stress is not only due to your circumstances and external triggers, you have a role to play, responsibility, and the capacity to create less for your life.

2- Stress is a physical, mental, and emotional response to what you perceive as challenging or dangerous.

3- Seeing problems as opportunities, as gifts for growth and transformation, seeing things as happening for you instead of to you, has the potential to create a huge shift in your empowerment, your growth, and your wellness.

4- An important way to be able to determine if you’re stressed is to be clear on your symptoms of stress. There is a tone of different symptoms you might experience.

5- Over time, with chronic stress, persistent adrenaline surges can damage blood vessels and arteries, increasing blood pressure to a level that raises your risk of heart attacks or strokes. Elevated cortisol levels over time create physiological changes that help to replenish the body’s energy stores that are depleted during the stress response., but they inadvertently contribute to the buildup of fat tissue and to weight gain.


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  • Why we need to learn about our stress
  • What stress is
  • Our perception and thoughts on our circumstances
  • Tools to become more aware of out toughts
  • Our lack of safety
  • Our nervous system response to stress
  • The first step in addressing our stress


Erika is a yoga teacher, the host, and producer of On & Off Your Mat Podcast, and a transformational life coach. Being a teacher is part of who she is, and she uses yoga, podcasting, and life coaching as different entry points all aiming to help her students and clients build a happier, healthier, and more peaceful life.

Her radiant spirit and engaging sense of humor create light-hearted practices focused on awareness, intentional movement, and self-care. She empowers her students and clients to awaken to themselves, become embodied, and build the life of their dreams.

Website : www.erikabelanger.com

IG :@erika.belanger @onandoffyourmatpodcast

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Hi, I'm Erika.
Your Yoga Teacher and Life Coach.

I have a passion for helping women in their personal growth, so they can feel that anything is possible in life. Blogging is one way I do that; another medium for me to share a more personal side of the whole journey. Self-Study, awareness, and inquiry are a big part of my path. Join me as I use my experiences as the base for the lessons I want to share. I write about what I know and what helps me, hoping that it will help you.

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