In this day and age there seems to be a lot of chatter going on about the causes of stress, the ways in which you can relieve stress and manage stress, be it emotional stress, workplace stress, chronic stress, or whatever other terminology one might come up with. Stress, stress, stress! We hear this word bandied about all over the place, and not without good reason.
More and more people are being diagnosed with stress or stress related issues. Ideally the best form of stress management is to identify the cause of the stress and remove it. But this does not always seem to be possible. Sometimes it is difficult to identify the causes of stress as the symptoms of stress are merely the end result of many different causes which have quite simply built up over time. It then becomes such an elaborate and interwoven web of cause and effect that it is almost impossible to unravel. Life can feel as if you are living in a huge stress ball, and no matter which way you turn your stress ball of reality seems to just spin around and around and around.
If you cannot see you way to identifying the root causes of your stress, what can you do to relieve stress at least on a temporary basis? The easiest stress relief technique to learn is that of breathing deeply. Whenever you feel stressed or anxious, you automatically start to breathe in a more superficial way. Your rate of breathing gathers pace and each breath becomes shallower. Just by focusing on each breath and making sure that each breath is deep and felt in the abdomen as opposed to merely in the chest, you will experience a well needed period of relative relaxation and relief from stress.
It is quite remarkable to contemplate the trail of reactions which this simple action is capable of triggering within your body and your mind. As your body relaxes your mind will automatically follow suit. This is always the case; mind and body mirror each other. It is impossible for your mind to be relaxed whilst your body is tense and vice versa. As your mind relaxes your brain steps back from the “red alert” program which is tripped whenever you feel threatened or stressed. This means that the higher regions of your brain are re-engaged and you can now think clearly once again.
Once you are in a position to think clearly you can of course make better choices for yourself and seek more effective and long term ways in which to manage stress. If there are a lot of stressful things which are going on in your life that you feel you just cannot change, then the way forward is to seek ways in which to balance up the stress, or to seek ways in which you can think about it in a different way. Stress, after all, is only stress if you see it that way.
You will usually obtain a great deal of stress relief by incorporating exercise into your daily routine. In this way you can use excess adrenalin and relax your muscles, which again plays back into your mind as it mirrors the relaxation response of your body. Ensuring that you eat well is also something well worth doing and it takes no more time to eat healthily than it does to eat in an unhealthy style. You could learn various relaxation techniques, like yoga, meditation or hypnosis and these would provide you with definite periods of relaxation and respite from the daily stressors in your life.
Hypnosis in particular is great to use when feeling stressed; not only will you relax in hypnosis, but you gain access to your subconscious mind and so it becomes possible to change habitual ways of thinking about things. Your mind becomes more open to suggestion with the help of hypnosis and so you are more likely to see new opportunities and create more positive ways in which to think and cope. You can learn to use hypnosis for stress relief simply by listening to a hypnosis mp3 download.
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