25 Jan Be Ahead Of Stress For Peace In Life
When you think about how to get peace in life you always ask yourself “how can I remain peaceful while dealing with never ending stress?” You’re not defenceless in the battle against stress. No one lives without stress completely, but there are things you can do that help deal with stress and make it much less of an issue. The most important thing to do is beat it before it starts! Always being one or two steps ahead of stress can help towards getting peace in life.
We are all guilty of succumbing to stress. Whether induced by next weekend’s deadline or an important person’s birthday planning, its effect can be debilitating. But there are ways to keep stress at bay.
What does stress look like in the brain? Everyone needs a certain amount of stress to survive. It helps us wake up in the morning and gives us the adrenaline to succeed. Without stress, we would be a lot lazier if we had tasks to complete. However, stress can become a problem when our bodies experience too much of it.
- 72% of adults feel stressed out about money at least some of the time.
- 49% adults experienced a major stressful event in the past year
- 48% of Americans say stress has a negative impact on both their personal and professional lives.
So what exactly goes on in the mind when we are overwhelmed?
-When your body detects stress, the hypothalamus reacts by stimulating the body to produce adrenaline and cortisol.These two hormones increase your heart rate, increase blood pressure and temporarily increase energy to take “flight “or “fight”. When your body recognises it’s no longer in danger, your hormone levels fall and your heart rate and blood pressure return to normal. But more often than not, stress can leave you feeling angry, anxious and scared.
Ways to Keep Calm In Troubled Times:
Here are 7 techniques you can implement when you find yourself face to face with a stressful situation.
- Plan Ahead: Implementing some simple if “X” happens then I will do “Y”, strategies can help you face challenges as and when they arise.
- Focus on Breathing: Practising slowly controlled breathing when you feel anxious can help you to return to the present moment with less stress. Give our meditative sessions a try- we even have 5 minute sessions called Energizers.
- Exercise: Physical activity stimulates the production of endorphins. Researchers found that just 40 minutes of exercise is good enough to dramatically increase your mood.
- Avoid Asking What If: The more time you spend worrying about endless possible outcomes, the longer you will spend fixating on feeling uncomfortable. Try to accept that some questions won’t have a simple answer.
- Focus On The Positives: Keep a go-to list of positives in mind so that you can immediately shift your attention towards them when your thoughts are negative. This will not only boost your mood but remind you of everything you can be grateful for.
- Reject Negative Self Talk: Identifying and acknowledging any negative thoughts about yourself as merely thoughts and not facts will help you release into a calmer state of mind.
- Forgive: Nobody is perfect. Holding onto resentment, either towards yourself or others will only add to stress, worry and fear. By acknowledging negativity before releasing yourself from it will enable you to move forward with a clearer head and lighter heart.