If you’re living in the 21st Century then chances are you’re living with some form of stress or another.
Stress is the inevitable consequence of life in a modern and ever-increasing demanding world. We find it lurking at every corner waiting to jump out and rob us of some of our most valuable resources.
Although there is a form of stress called Eustress that is actually good for you, stress for the most part is hazardous and damaging to your health. Its a.k.a. the ‘silent killer’ and should not be understated. If you’re not vigilant, stress will slowly but surely take a grip and reap havoc on your physical and mental health.
So what do you need to know to take control of the silent killer before it takes control for you?
In this post, let’s look briefly at the definition of stress, how it’s likely to show up in your life and how to get rid of it or at least make it more manageable.
I’m also going to share with you an amazing remedy to relieve stress that really works and will point you in the direction to optimum health.
My Story! Is It Yours Too?
There I was, a cog in the corporate wheel, number 43567 on a superfluous spreadsheet, working like crazy to hit some performance target or another.
My job was pretty stressful and as for my nose, well that was always pressed firmly to the grindstone!
Like most of my co-workers and just about everybody I know, stress was no stranger to my daily routine and the toil of 9 to 5, was increasingly taking its toll. 🙁
In Psychology Today stress is defined:
“as a reaction to a stimulus that disturbs our physical or mental equilibrium. In other words, it’s an omnipresent part of life. A stressful event can trigger the “fight-or-flight” response, causing hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol to surge through the body… You may not be able to control the stressors in your world, but you can alter your reaction to them”
You can see from the above definition that certain elements are present in relation to stress:
- There is a Stimulus or Stressor (the environment).
- The Response or Strain (the amount of stress experienced).
- The Process (your cognitive, behavioural and emotional response to it).
Do you see this play out when you look at the stress in your own life?
Firstly you may see the stimulus or stressor in your work environment that you perceive as stressful. Perhaps it looks like a pile of emails sitting in your inbox marked ‘urgent’ but with all the other demands being hurled in your direction, you simply cannot get to them. Sound familiar?
So in a futile effort to catch up, you stay a couple of hours after work one or two days a week. It then turns into more days of working late which puts a strain on your family life, but the voice in your head says ‘damn it, I must catch up with these emails before my boss gets wind and my job’s on the line’. Sound familiar?
The response or strain.
As the goal posts get wider and wider and the weight of it all heavier and heavier, your health begins to deteriorate more and more.
Logically you know the pressure is having a negative impact on you but you feel isolated and powerless to do anything about it. You feel like you’re about to explode inside and the only sense of relief come in floods of tears that have become a regular feature during trips to the ladies or in the stillness of the night when your family is soundly asleep.
The process (your response to it.)
Although most would agree that stress is an inevitable part of our daily grind, the important aspect is without doubt, the process. Your response to it. Why? Because it is the only aspect YOU have control over.
The more you nurture the relationship with yourself, the more you are able to respond to the demands and stressors of life. You are more apt at recognising the triggers and removing yourself or managing them accordingly.
You are now in the driving seat of your life and as you take control, you are better positioned to cope with difficult situations. You no longer feel defeated and a victim of your circumstances, instead you become more empowered and willing to rise to the challenges of stressful situations
As important as it is to understand what stress is and hopefully providing a definition has helped, it is equally important to look at practices that will help in relieving some of the stress in your life.
And here’s where I get really excited to share one of my favourite stress busters that is super effective for relieving stress for optimum health.
What is Meditation?
What are your thoughts as you read this article? What are your thoughts as you eat lunch or do your housework?
For most of us, regardless of what we are doing, our attention is continuously fleeting from one thing to the next. All the while, we are bombarded with thoughts of either the past or the future. Seldom are we fully present or anchored in the moment that is happening now.
Mediation is a practice that creates a mental shift in awareness or states of consciousness. You move your attention away from the day-to-day events and circumstances that you overly identify with and move towards new or awakened states of being.
Meditation can be traced as far back as 5000 years ago where it was integrated into the practices of many ancient cultures such as Hinduism and Buddhism. As we see it traverse to the 21 century much can be learned from a system of balance and harmony placed firmly at its core.
What are some of the benefits of Meditation?
In a world where noise has become the norm and wildness a way of life, practicing meditation is one way to help quiet the mental chatter of an overloaded mind.
Even though you cannot change the circumstances, always remember, you can change your response to it. You have the capacity to alter your emotional state and creating an inner state of peace is much more conducive to good health and happiness. Read more here:
So if you’re not yet wooed on the why’s of meditation, here are more benefits that are sure to get you signed up!
Benefits of Meditation
- Due to its relaxing qualities meditation has a calming effect thus transforming the psychological processes of your mind.
- Stress related chemicals are released during anxiety and stressful situations that weaken your immune system. The regular practice of meditation is known to strengthen your immune system.
- Biological ageing processes are slowed down.
- Awareness is heightened.
- Intellectual skills are improved.
- Creativity is stimulated.
- You feel a greater sense of wellness and connection.
- Meaning and appreciation of life is enhanced adding to your emotional stability.
- Meditation is a powerful antidote to anxiety and stress and brings more balance and harmony to your life.
- Improves concentration.
- Mediation alters the frequency of the human energy field and can induce positive feelings of happiness and love.
- Meditation facilitates Spiritual awakening and growth.
I love this article that includes the 7 Fascinating Facts on meditation by the Huffington Post, take a look at it here:
And if independent scientific proof is what you’re after, watch this short compelling video. You’ll learn how meditation comes out tops, not just for overcoming stress but for addressing a list of other conditions too.
Now you know meditation is not only wonderful, it is totally essential to rid you of the unwanted stress in your life. Something we all want.
What if I told you about a cutting edge technology that delivers an easy way to meditate and has been backed up scientifically to give you amazing results?
Life Flow™ is a brainwave entrainment system that helps train your brainwaves to naturally slow down. In a more relaxed state your brain emits more alpha waves than it does in a busy hectic state.
Just imagine being able to easily create brainwave frequencies that release healing hormones that reduce stress and lead to a greater sense of wellness.
But just don’t take my word for it. You can experience for yourself how meditation is good for your soul!
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Say so long to stress and hello to a happier, healthier you!
Meditation is magic for your mind. It has become such an integral part of my life. I couldn’t imagine my life without it. It seems to takes you on a magical journey that returns you to your reality in a far better state than before you left!
I think you’ll love it!
Thanks for reading.
Be Blessed, Stay Beautiful
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