How To Cope With Stress
Updated: Apr 5
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Today I am talking about how we can personally cope with Stress because we're all stressed to some degree and at some level, it's affecting us in our daily lives.
However with that being the case. what exactly is stress?
When we look at what stress is we can begin to identify when we are triggered because stress is about how we respond to any demands or threats. When we feel threatened our body defenses alerts us to danger and its this response that takes us into, what's called fight or flight mode.
What are some of these situations that can make us feel threaten and put us into this mode?
It's those personal situations when things happen in our lives, like losing a loved one, for obvious reasons this will affect us, shake our foundation, and high up there are financial issues. Paying the bills, trying to make ends meet can really affect us, the pressure at work, deadlines, maybe taking exams or moving home and the list goes on.
What effect does all this have on us?
It's those feelings of overwhelm, worry, fear and the longer we remain in this threatened mode, experiencing these stressful situations, it piles up and longer we remain under any stressful situation, it will impact us on all levels mentally, emotionally and physically body.
How many of us are feeling the effects on our lives?
Unable to fully relax and that stays with us at night, can't sleep which has turned into insomnia, perhaps you've noticed your under the weather but it's gone way longer than expected, or it's cold after another, headaches, unexplained stomach trouble and the issues pile up.
Can you identify the areas that stress is affecting you right now? Maybe you're not enjoying life as you want to and you're trying to get through one day at a time as a result.
In the eleven years of working with people in the area of remedial and therapeutic Massage, it was undeniable, how stress can be held in the body! Some times we don't even attribute it to be stress because we have become so accustomed to this state, it's become our normal.
What can you and I do to alleviate unwelcome levels of stress in our lives?
We know there are things we can do to reduce the effects by incorporating a better lifestyle, introducing an exercise routine can help, looking at what we put into our bodies and you may using some good outlets.
However, there is one way that can get overlooked even viewed only for a certain kind of person, perhaps considered too simple and that is - meditation.
Yes, that's right, meditation but why is it so helpful?
Meditation has been a practice for thousands of years, it is a way to help us relax, reduce our levels of stress, find that peace. The mind will go on a sprint but stick with it and allow the mind to stream out all the mind is unable to process.
You don't have an hour I hear you say, I agree, it's not always possible to take that much time out of our busy lives, but have you tried a ten minute stop?
A ten minute stop
Choose relaxing music (without words, maybe nature sounds, healing music or silence if you prefer)
Try a guided meditation
To begin meditation, make sure your comfortable and choose a position that is available to you. These ten minutes out can be anywhere of your choosing, on a break, at lunchtime, a quiet place, park bench, in a garden and so on.
Put a timer on your phone if you have a time restraint
Set your intention by saying to yourself - I ask my mind to be quiet please (take some deep breaths) wait until you can acknowledge you are present
(notice any subtle changes, like sounds becoming louder, for example, a clock ticking, distant talking if your outside, the birds, wind, nature)
Allow yourself this time
Your intention is key, it will take place - your mind will give in and surrender to your inner power
How you do this is up to you, but find what works for you.
If I may personally share how I work through any stressful situation that's weighing on me, is doing as outlined along with a powerful technique that connects you to Life force energy with incredible results!
What is this?
Reiki is Life force energy!
This Universal Life force energy for us is like water to a plant. it feeds us, restores, rebuilds and keeps us alive. That's why we feel better and function better when we connect with it, meditate with it and use it to self-heal.
Healing aids the physical body to release the stress and tension we personally hold on to, as it restores our energy balance. Our emotional and mental states respond to this Life force energy by clearing, rejuvenating and bringing in a sense of calm, peace and clarity into our conscious awareness.
I have the pleasure of working with many people whether it's during a Reiki session or teaching someone how to activate healing for themselves - to hold space and experience total relaxation in a way that would be otherwise hard to achieve or maintain.
I invite you to see for yourself and experience your connection.
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