Do you feel stressed? Are you feeling overwhelmed, short on sleep, low energy, and out of step? Welcome to life in the twenty-first century: technologically advanced but emotionally dysfunctional. How did we get into this situation where social media dominate our relationships, yet our basic emotional needs are neglected? Why do we crave distraction from the pressures of daily life and seek solace in poor diet choices and prescription medication? Something’s radically wrong with this picture. Too many people are struggling with unbearable pressures and enduring intolerable stress levels. It’s time to face the problem head-on and take steps to redress the balance.
The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.
– William James
Record numbers of anti-depressant and tranquilizer prescriptions should alert us to the growing problems of long-term stress in our society. What is the purpose of living in a technologically-advanced world if the stresses of modern life degrade our health and wellbeing and send us to the doctor in search of a medicated solution to our anxieties? Why are so many people suffering from poor sleep, chronic insomnia, digestive problems, fatigue, and lethargy?
One of the most significant factors affecting our health today is stress. There’s no escaping the fact. It’s so widespread and deeply embedded in our behavior that most of us don’t even recognize that we’re carrying disturbing and destructive levels of stress all the time. It degrades our ability to think clearly and creatively, and it’s been linked to many of the most severe illnesses afflict modern humans. In short, stress is the silent killer that’s stalking hundreds of millions of people worldwide, making life a profoundly unpleasant experience.
So, what’s the solution?
One of the best advice I ever got was from a horse master. He told me to go slow to go fast. I think that applies to everything in life. We live as though there aren’t enough hours in the day, but if we do each thing calmly and carefully, we will get it done quicker and with much less stress.
– Viggo Mortensen
One of the fastest and most dramatically effective ways to lower stress levels is to change your posture. That’s right. Simple, direct, and highly immediate. Essentially, this means relaxing your shoulders, neck, jaw, and facial muscles. Your body is hardwired to respond immediately to these physical switches. It’s an ancient legacy from our distant ancestors, and these anti-stress triggers evolved because the stress response was only intended to last for a few minutes. Long enough to face a threat or run away.
The stress response imposes such a heavy penalty on our health and wellbeing that our bodies developed these robust off switches to deliver us from the stress reaction as quickly as possible. That involves relaxing and lowering the shoulders and breathing out deeply. It might seem an impossibly simple technique, but it’s an unconscious mechanism that overrides the old, conditioned behaviors that program us to overreact to every minor problem, challenge, or setback.
Once you experience the incredible changes that flow from this old key to unlocking the stress response, you’ll be able to master your negatively-charged emotions like a champion.
Stress is caused by being ‘here’ but wanting to be ‘there.’
– Eckhart Tolle
Once you learn to engage your very own personal anti-stress switch, you’ll free your mind from the fears and anxieties that reduce cognitive functioning. Isn’t that amazing? As stress impairs our ability to think clearly and logically, stress reduction will enhance creativity and favor the brain’s natural ability to find answers to problems and better ways to resolve life’s daily round of challenges.
Learning to control the stress response is a very effective way to improve sleep and promote more profound states of relaxation. Our brains need these regular breaks to process and file information and consider approaching the next round of challenges and opportunities. If we learn to enjoy better sleep, the difference in our health and wellbeing can be truly astonishing.
Today, let’s make a powerful commitment to introduce these fantastic anti-stress techniques into our daily routines. The goal is to develop these simple behaviors as a new habit that helps us respond automatically to life’s inevitable difficulties with a much calmer, more centered, and much more creative set of responses. Let’s begin a much-needed revolution in taming the stress response and learn to take control of our lives more healthily and productively.
One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one’s work is essential.
– Bertrand Russell
Greg Parry created The Wellness Foundation and the Cognitive Empowerment Programs specifically to help people master their stress, overcome their limitations and explore the power of their true potential.
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