Stress has been proven to cause many negative health problems in the body such as acne, weight gain, headaches, body tension and overall physical and mental discomfort. Studies have shown that people who experience high levels of stress are more likely to experience emotional distress such as insecurity, uncomfortable with self, poor self image, lack of motivation, lack of drive and an overall dampen on the spirit. Studies have also shown that people who experience stress daily or in copious amounts are more likely to experience heart problems, obesity, body pain, physical discomfort and a lack of vitality.
Handling stress can be a struggle. Sometimes stress can leave us in a state of depression, leaving us with a feeling of no recovery and sense of hopelessness. So, it seems only natural that any stressed person would turn to junk foods or other unhealthy substances. Ten pounds later and still stressed, we are left heavier and still in a slump. Succumbing to stress and over eating or relying on substances doesn’t help to solve the problem, relieve us of stress or have any positive benefits.
It’s important to identify what causes stress in your life so you can develop a healthy approach in combating what’s causing mental and emotional strain. Once you have identified your stress sources, you can work on finding an outlet to relieve your body of distress. Any kind of therapy can work; movement therapy, art therapy, aromatherapy, sound therapy, green therapy- to name a few– depending on the type of person, one may find solace in any of these. Whether it is moving your body, creating art, enjoying nature or listening to music, any of these could help to lighten your spirit.
Lower Unhealthy Stress With Meditation
One of the tactics in handling stress that’s becoming rapidly popular is meditation. Meditation is an ancient technique, which allows one to channel their energy, collect all thoughts, both good and bad, and shove them right out the door. Meditation is about being still in the body and the mind. So often we neglect our own self and what it’s like to just be, alone, with no one interfering; Just you and your thoughtless mind. The goal of meditation is to clear the mind of all thoughts, to be utterly present in a raw state of consciousness. Being aware of the self, the body and rejecting any thought that bombards the vast still, clearness of the mind.
The best part about meditation is that you can do it anywhere. Start by sitting in a comfortable position, preferably cross-legged. Find a quiet place, whether it be your living room or outside in the woods, try to be alone in a place you know you won’t be disturbed. Once you have found this place the hard part centers: closing your eyes and shutting your mind off. A mind full of thoughts is not a meditative mind. The challenge is to become a seer of your thoughts, witnessing them occur and letting them dissipate out the crown of your head, one by one like bubbles popping in the air. This is not easy, but practice each day for just a few minutes of mental stillness is better than nothing.
Other relaxation techniques can simply be lying in bed with the lights off, with just a candle lit and some soft music in the background. Beginners to meditation, this a great way to get started. You aren’t sleeping, just lying in a supine position easing your body into a relaxed state and beginning to notice the body, breath and cultivating stillness of the mind.
Although relieving ones self from stress can be a difficult battle, learning how to cope and deal with stress should become a fundamental exercise in any lifestyle. Everyone experiences stress but we all handle it differently. Understanding how to productively handle stress will not only combat dis-ease and discomfort in the mind and body, but it will help to cultivate a more relaxing, peaceful stress-free life.