How to Escape the Cycle of Stress Anxiety and Misery
Stress is an integral part of our response to life; it tells us that there is something off-balance, that something is not fitting into our lives well. There are healthy and unhealthy levels of stress, and the harmful levels are primary triggers for several health issues we face.
Stress changes the physical, mental and spiritual wellbeing by playing favorites with thoughts of stress triggers, invoking the emotions of the triggers (fear, anxiety, anger), resulting in actions that are rooted in stress. This cycle not only continues until something changes, but it also evolves, to further pollute actions, emotions and thoughts.
The good news: there is not only one solution but hundreds of natural techniques and methods for reducing, managing, and ultimately changing the cycles of stress in our lives.
To begin eliminating the physical symptoms of stress, stimulate your body, for 20 minutes, three times a week. Break into a sweat walking, doing a sun salutation, doing 50 squats or running on the spot while you’re in the kitchen waiting for the water to boil. Break into a sweat to remove toxins in your body, making room for the feel-good hormones that are naturally produced from exercise.
Feed your body right, if not great food. Eat at least one balanced meal a day — breakfast or lunch would be an optimal mealtime for a nutritional snack. Eat lots of fruits and vegetables — Lots! Most diet plans endorse high fruit and vegetable intake and do not ‘count’ them in as points or credits against daily intake.
Drink fresh, clean water! (and, if applicable, remember to recycle the water bottle!!)
Make a note of your thoughts — what are you placing your attention on? The co-worker that threw you under the bus today? Money & bills?
Make a note of your thoughts and aim to stay in the present moment. When an idea passes through that makes you feel bad, change it, immediately, to a plan that makes you feel GOOD. Dig into your memories and find those great moments and experiences — they are there!. Look to nature, take 5 minutes to Google pictures of baby goats, or kittens or something that makes you happy and feels GOOD.
Open up to different spiritual ideas; explore life beyond the physical senses. Become informed, and then become enlightened. The soul aspect of our health is often ignored due to the ‘religious’ context that the soul is associated with. But the fact is, the soul is the tier that feeds the body-mind unit, and it is essential, for optimal health and wellness, that this tier of the body-mind-soul group is nourished, strengthened and maintained.
Reducing Stress-Anxiety Through the Mind-Body Connection
When stress goes unresolved, for extended periods, it results in excessive demands on our body. Ultimately, stress can compromise many systems in our body and lead to gastrointestinal issues, increased risk of cardiac disease, depression of the auto-immune system and impairment in memory function. The increased levels of cortisol and epinephrine also cause a heightened startle response, so it doesn’t take much to alarm somebody who is already stressed — becoming a vicious cycle.
Anxiety is a more emotional response with a feeling of worry or fear attached to it. A thought or perception usually drives the concern that we are “not safe.” It is not a message being informed by our ears, nose or eyes. Memories, assumptions or perceptions are reporting it. The source of fear or worry is not always known. But as our brain mulls over these thoughts, it will often trigger a stress response- by alerting our body to “danger” that may not factually exist. In turn, the body reacts with that high-stress response preparing to fight or run away. This is a physical response to an emotional situation and an example of the mind-body connection.
The mind-body connection occurs when the body reacts to something the mind is thinking
An example would be if you think about a very stressful situation in your life, you can raise your heart rate. Conversely, if you think about stress-free, calm and pleasant time, you can lower your heart rate; all without moving from your chair. You can also experience this connection through sounds, smells, and pictures that remind you of things that are happy/good or challenging/bad.
Without awareness, both stress and anxiety can cause various challenges to our health and emotional wellbeing. Both can get in the way of living the life we want to be living and having relationships that are better for us. If unattended, they can cost us time, money and connections; ultimately, our health and wellbeing. Think about what stress and anxiety have required you to date; healthy digestion, peaceful sleep, a pain-free body, a job, relationship, an advanced degree? Fortunately, with education and focused attention, they can be identified, controlled and managed or eliminated.
To Fight Misery, you Must
♠ Keep small problems small
avoid turning molehills into mountains. There are probably a thousand things that can go wrong every single day. Don’t get lost in the thick of thin things and don’t overwhelm yourself by small magnifying problems into significant obstacles.
♠ Think Positive
Don’t dwell on problems. When you spent all your thinking time feeling awful, you are wasting the most valuable time, the present moment. Being here in the present moment allows you to appreciate reality for what it is.
♠ Don’t worry about the things you cannot change
The stock markets, the economy, the current value of your house, are not influenced by the amount of worry you put into them. Put your energy into areas of your life that you can control, and resolve to leave the rest to their natural evolutions.
♠ Don’t procrastinate
Putting first things first makes you more productive and avoids having to deal with urgent crises, deadlines and projects.
♠ Take responsibility for your mistakes
Steer clear of the blame frame. When you blame others for problems, you become a victim. Victims are powerless. Taking responsibility is proactive and expands your influence and freedom
♠ Accept and acknowledge your limitations and weaknesses
When you can identify your mistakes, you allow yourself to learn from them. Don’t beat yourself up. Empower yourself.
♠ Practice the right speech
These simple rules can become a habit, before going off on a rant when things are going wrong, ask yourself: Is it true? Is it kind? Is it necessary? Right speech is respectful and has integrity.
♠ Accept help
Each one of us faces our journey through life alone, but we can travel together bound by loving support. Remember the best we can ever do is to support the people we love.
♠ Travel the high road
You will never know what you can do if you keep the status quo of unhappiness. Taking a risk, reaching out of your comfort zone will enrich your spirit and give your hope and givе уоur hоре аnd optimism.
♠ Sharpen the saw
This is a daily process of renewal, making gradual changes from day to day. Paying attention to your body, your mind and your spirit allow you to take progressive steps toward improvement.
A deep understanding of the Laws of Life is a good practice for you to elevate to other realms and thus your life will totally change to something powerful and meaningful.
But will talk about this in another article.
I love you all!!! Stay on the good path!!