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Stress is a part of life. Sometimes it benefits us and other times it can take a toll on your body, mind and emotions. The greatest gift in life that you can give yourself is to learn how to deal with it approrpiately by understanding where it comes from and allowing yourself to let go of some of the causes. The following is a list of stress types and how it can be relieved.
When the mind is stressed, so is the body, and vice versa. Physical stress causes illness and body pains such as headaches and other tensions of the muscles. Some of the best ways to alleviate this is by exercise, breathing for relaxation, nutrition, massage and good old-fashioned rest. Take frequent rest breaks in between work and make sure to set aside time to do exercise (Tai Chi, yoga and cardio workouts are especially good), which lessens the tension and gives you a boost of stamina energy in the process. Eating and drinking healthy, natural, foods can help us not be prone to the physical effect of stress. Learning the art of breathing and relaxation by taking deep breaths to release stress and anxiety is especially beneficial, and it can be done anywhere and at anytime you feel stress. Take a deep belly breath inhale and exhale, while thinking or saying the word "calm", "relax" or any word that brings you peace. The same technique can also be incorporated in meditation. Massage is particularly good for lowering blood pressure and can provide a good release of physical stress by loosening up the muscles and joints.
Mind stress can be one of the most volatile, simply because what you think affects how you feel and can also affect your body. To remedy this, keep in mind that anyone is capable of easily relinquishing the baggage and negative thought straps that tie down our minds. Mental stress causes and effects include worry or anxiety and an inability to focus on one task at a time. To relieve this, try implementing more organization, time management skills, effective communication, mindful meditations, creative visualizations and affirmations that reinforce positive lifestyle changes. This includes monitoring our thoughts by only choosing to think and speak positively, and visualizing a calm place or protection for ourselves against stressful situations. Also, see yourself how and where you would like to be. Mindful meditations can help us to calm, pace ourselves and focus on the now, while also releasing control through acceptance. Learning the art of effective communication can encourage us to reinforce clarity of boundaries to others, and is a healthy channel to gain and give understanding. Time management and organization can eliminate much confusion and is another meditation in focus and persistence to achieve goals, balance and clarity. These techniques can allow our minds to let go of control and better establish a foundation that allows us to function freely and efficiently.
Our emotions change like the weather and are deeply connected to the influence of stress levels. By learning how to accept emotions and allowing ourselves to respond through a positive channel, instead of overreacting, we can tame stressors alot better. Communication skills are particularly healthy for managing emotions and channeling our thoughts, needs and concerns to others. Also, think of, write or say mantras and affirmations that help to comfort the mind during negative emotions. Allow yourself to feel, but do not to dwell on negativity. By responding in a productive manner towards a healthy channel, we can give our stress an outlet that benefits us.
Good vs Bad Stress
Good stress (eustress) encompasses anything that will result in a postive outcome. Instead of working against you, it should work for you. Bad stress is damaging to our well-being and results in any of the above mental, physical or emotional stress. The key here is in the awareness of the effects, so that one can balance the choices for beneficial outcomes. The good news is that both bad and good stress can be used to our benefit when we regulate the outcome for positive and healthy progression in lifestyle and mindset. Generally, one should observe and eliminate stressful situations and factors and use eustress to motivate action towards reward. Regulating the effects of both should be unique to the person based on how stress factors are effecting them on a mental, physical and emotional level. If the outcome is positive, one should still set out to eliminate unnecessary stress on the mind and body.
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