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What is stress management?
The definition of stress according to the Oxford Dictionary is "a state of affair involving demands on physical or mental energy." Webster's Dictionary describes it as "
a physical, chemical, or emotional factor that causes bodily or mental tension and may be a factor in disease causation". When we feel like we have too many demands for our resources, we can feel stressed, depleted, overwhelmed or depressed. Physically, stress can take an enormous toll and can create countless symptoms and diseases.
I believe that untreated stress is our biggest health problem. There is enormous emphasis on diet and exercise and, until recently, many people simply ignored their stress. Granted, diet and exercise are important... but I believe that managing our stress is even more critical than diet and exercise put together. That may sound like a very bold statement... but, remember that the autonomic nervous system controls just about everything in our bodies. And, today, our nervous systems are far too overstimulated.
Stress IS a global epidemic right now. The good news about that is that people are finally ready to listen to what they can do about it. We can no longer look to outside comforts to help us feel better in an effort to manage our stress. We need to look within.
Management according to Webster's is "to conduct or supervise something." So, what is the best way to manage, or supervise, your stress?
There are many ways to manage one's stress. In my opinion, the most powerful way is to manage your stress from within. You won't always have control over your outside circumstances but you can learn how to become the master of your body and mind. This is where you DO have control. After learning these skills you will be able to respond to stress rather than react to it. This will leave you much more empowered and will encourage a clear headedness under pressure and a strong body amidst the many changes we face.
So, let's get started! ...
Three simple tips for reducing your stress NOW...
- Breathe deeply! Breathe slowly! Check your breathing right now. Are you completely filling your lungs with air when you inhale or is your breathing shallow? Most people use only ten percent of their lungs when they breathe. Now, using a second hand clock count the number of breaths you are breathing per minute. The average person breathes sixteen breaths per minute. The ideal number of breaths per minute for the health of your nervous system is six! Breathing correctly is the simplest way to create positive shifts in your nervous system.
- The power of positive thinking – Did you know that every thought you have creates not only a chemical change in your brain but also an electrical change in your nervous system? Therefore, your thoughts can either increase your stress or decrease your stress! Try this….get a notebook….and every time you notice a negative thought write it down. On the opposite side write a positive thought, or several positive thoughts, that you are going to replace the negative thought with. For example, let’s say your stressful thought is, “I’m worried that I won’t have enough money in the future.” You can replace that with “I am doing all that I can to insure my financial future... I choose to relax!” Or, "All my needs are taken care of right now... I relax in this moment." When the stressful thought comes, release it. Let it go and replace it with a thought that will serve you and your well being.
- Drop your shoulders! – Did you know that the first place muscle tension from stress usually goes to is the shoulders? Try this right now – imagine that your shoulders are loose and limp like a rag doll. Feel them being heavy and dropping downwards. You might imagine little lead weight on the tips of your elbows. Were you able to let go of some of the tension?