How to overcome stress
I decided to write this article because I have recently made the huge decision to move from Botswana to England. As far a life stresses go moving is right up there as one of the most stressful life changes. What I have found interesting, is that by using these techniques below I am able to keep my stress levels right down, even though the plans keep changing for reasons totally out of my control. I know many people struggle with stresses of one kind or another and I hope that my insights might be able to help you.
Stress is one of the biggest most damaging emotions in society. Anyone who doesn’t believe that our thoughts and emotions create illness in our bodies should just look at stress. It is common knowledge that stress causes ulcers, high blood pressure and heart attacks. But what is stress and how do you overcome it?
Stress is the result of your belief that your environment is threatening and your body’s conditioned response to threat which is fight, flight or freeze. To prepare your body for the perceived attack or threat adrenalin and cortisol are released into the blood stream, which causes the heart to beat faster, blood to be directed away from digestion and into the muscles amongst other reactions. The sensations you might experience are breathlessness, increased body temperature, sweating, and single minded focus, (or obsessive thoughts), on the issue.
It is the oldest part of your brain that reacts to stress, the reptilian part, and it does not discern between real or imagined threats. What this means for us in our modern world is that the threats are more often than not imagined ones and not ones that will literally kill you. For instance being late for a meeting, being stuck in traffic, moving house, relationship challenges, your team winning at sport, or getting your kids into a good school and so on. If you look even more closely at this it is not the event that actually cause’s you stress it is your thoughts about the event that cause you stress. So thoughts about how disastrous something might be = stress!! No thoughts about something = no stress. There are many ways to destress some of which I have found helpful and some of which I have not. For instance have you ever tried to meditate when you are seriously stressed? I have and to be honest it makes me even more stressed, because as I try to calm down and let go of things, more stressful thoughts reappear. And then not only am I stressing about whatever scary thing is going on in my life, I am also stressing about not being able to destress! That is not to say mediation is not helpful I love mediating just that it might not be the first step in destressing.
I have faced a number of stressful situations in my life and this is what I have found works
I have used both of these and find I favor one or other depending on how I feel. Use both and see which feel right for you. At present I am using the ho'oponoponoone but it shifts and changes.
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