Rita K. Garnto: Stress & Optimum Functioning | Sero Boost #29

In this episode, host Lu Ngo is joined by Rita K. Garnto, who has 40 years of Western and Eastern healthcare experience in stress management

Stress has a long-term impact on people, impairing their mental health and preventing them from performing optimally. Self-care techniques and healthier lifestyles can break the stress cycle and significantly improve overall quality of life.

Meet Rita K. Garnto

Rita Garnto understands how to deal with and recover from the adverse effects of chronic stress overload. Through her website Simple Self-Care By Rita, she teaches busy women and men how to get from CRAPPY to HAPPY with easy ideas, methods, and tools.

Her method includes feeling more in charge of your health, decision-making, and productivity while routinely striving to reduce your stress load. Her book, Simple Self-Care Saved Me!, follows her journey and how she transitioned to a healthy lifestyle that led her to where she is today.

About the episode

Before delving into stress, Rita K. Garnto talked about happiness and contentment. In the age of social media dominance, the widespread usage of filters on platforms such as Snapchat and Instagram has emerged as a troubling element influencing happiness and self-esteem. While enjoyable, these digital alterations frequently lead to dissatisfaction with one’s appearance, creating a barrier to genuine contentment. 

The consequences of reliance on filtered photos are compounded by social media’s promotion of unattainable beauty standards. Rita stresses the importance of stopping looking for happiness in others and being grateful for the good things about yourself. Looking for happiness through filters leads to an altered view of oneself and unhealthy comparisons with others. 

Aside from the psychological impact, stress has been found to have a substantial consequence, manifesting in a variety of physical ailments. When asked about stress, Rita discussed how it contributes to enduring issues like muscle tension, digestive disturbances, headaches, and an elevated risk of diabetes and heart disease. She says recognizing stress signals and prioritizing comprehensive self-care reduce potential long-term health complications.

Rita advocates for basic yet effective strategies to reduce stress and increase functioning. Breathing exercises reduce stress and improve concentration and cognitive focus, creating an environment conducive to happiness and fulfillment. Journaling is also a powerful tool, supplemented by reading scripture and affirmations and incorporating favorite yoga poses or simple exercises to interrupt the stress response cycle.

She also highlighted the correlation between self-care, stress management, and optimal work performance. The detrimental consequences of neglecting self-care can lead to stress and eventual burnout, which compromises the quality of work. 

Setting boundaries is crucial to stress management, with specific recommendations such as limiting post-work email checks. Having breaks and going outside can proactively manage stress. Additionally, team meetings emerge as opportunities to introduce stress-reducing activities.

In conclusion

Happiness, stress, and self-care can affect daily life. Stress can also affect work performance, which shows how important it is for people to take charge of their stress to avoid burnout and keep doing good work. Due to the harmful effects of physical and mental stress, it is crucial to identify stresses early and practice self-care.

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