We all know the word ‘STRESS’ but what does it actually mean?
Stress is a mental or emotional tension or strain as a result from adverse or very demanding circumstances.
Our bodies are sensitive to any unexpected disruptions, which is why it is so easy for us to experience stress at our jobs, home lives and our personal lives or anywhere we are.
Effects Of Stress-
Stress can affect our body, our thoughts, our feelings and behavior. Targeting the symptoms of stress can help you proactively manage their effects. The inability to target and counteract the effects of stress can lead to a variety of health issues. Some effects of stress and excess worrying include:
- Putting your Digestive System into overdrive
- Frequent urination
- Abdominal pain
- Rapid breathing
- Neck pain/tension
- Heart Disease
- High Blood Pressure
How To Counteract The Effects Of Stress For An Overall Balanced Mind-
- Make time everyday to sit and reflect. Meditation (or quiet contemplation) has been proven to cleanse the mind, calm and tone the nervous system, refine and clarify consciousness, lighten your spirit, harmonize psychic energies, foster mental poise and equanimity and cultivate serenity.
“A few minutes of practice per day can help ease anxiety. “Research suggests that daily meditation may alter the brain’s neural pathways, making you more resilient to stress,” says psychologist Robbie Maller Hartman, PhD, a Chicago health and wellness coach.”
- Take a few minutes to sit and breathe deeply everyday. Be aware of your breath as you inhale slowly and smoothly, pause as the oxygen gets absorbed into your lungs, change gears as you slowly exhale, still slowly and smoothly then be aware of the suspension of your breath before the breathing cycle starts again.
- Allowing yourself to unwind at the end of the day helps your mind and body to process the transition from the state of ‘work’ to the state of ‘rest’ so you won’t carry the stress of working into the remainder of your day. It can be something simple as taking the time to enjoy a hot beverage (I recommend a hot cup of Jasmine, Chamomile or Ginger tea, sweetened with pure honey. Yumm!!). Allow yourself to be present and aware of your body and any changes you may have noticed due to stress. Lay flat on your back, on your bed or the floor and focus your attention on every body part, individually, from your toes to the crown of your head, relaxing every body part as you scan them mentally.
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Remember stress affects us all, but what determines how much it affect you is simply how you react to it. Your health (mental and physical) is very important so pay attention to the sign and symptoms of stress and use these tips!
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