Manage your stress in a healthy way. These relaxation techniques are perfect for work-at-home professionals and parents.
Are you feeling super stressed out? So many people are! I hope this guide really helps you out because when you handle your stress in a healthy way, it can benefit so many other areas of your life.
The Benefits Of Keeping An Emotionally “Even” Keel
Emotional states can produce phantom pain, they can initiate psychosomatic symptoms of illness, and they can make you stronger. An adrenaline spike can give a frail mother strong enough to lift a car off a child. It can drive a man into a berserk rage that wins the battle. Meanwhile, stress can reduce telomerase binding DNA together, prematurely aging you.
Did you know that baldness has stress as contributing factor? Men and women can lose their hair from the stress. Have you ever seen someone with a little swatch of white hair on an otherwise red, blond, or brunette head? That white hair could well be the result of stress. Even young people who have been through trauma will have hair like that.
However, there is another side to this “stress” coin.
Relaxation Techniques That Work
Some people go through exceptionally difficult circumstances only to emerge triumphantly. In those circumstances, they don’t experience premature aging from stress, or associated anxiety. How? Well, there are a variety of reasons; some established, some more conjectural. We’ll explore both varieties here.
1. Focusing Your Mind On That Which Is Good
Part of the telomerase discovery has segued into this scientific understanding: what we do influences our physical health. This is “epigenetic” processes at work. Ever tanned? Ever built muscle at the gym? These are additional examples of epigenetic processes at work. What you do influences your bodily development. Inherent to human design is adaptability.
Accordingly, allowing your mind to circulate around stressful, anxious modes or thoughts will collaterally influence your health at a physical level. The more nervous you are, the more health conditions you’ll be saddled with. Fear begets physical ailments, which further begets fear—it’s a downward spiral of stress and anxiety.
Avoid that by thinking about that which is good, edifying, beautiful, worthwhile, enjoyable, funny, and any other positive descriptor you’d like to add.
2. The Metaphysical Angle: Transcending The Corporeal
That which you focus on becomes what you lean into. Think about anything, bad or good, for long enough, and you’ll likely find yourself in a situation where you have to face whatever you’ve been meditating on.
Accordingly, if you think of “base” matters, you’ll be bound by them. Contrarily, elevated thinking will elevate your experience simultaneously.
There are many different spiritual avenues to explore in this regard; some are going to elevate you, some will drag you down. Which you pursue will be up to you, but look at those who follow ideology X or Y, and see how they are in terms of health and personality. That can help you make your decision.
3. Diet And Exercise Are Paramount
What you eat and how you exercise will also contribute to stress and anxiety. Exercise releases endorphins, which make you feel happy. Sedentary behavior has the opposite effect. It definitely makes sense to find a good treadmill if you don’t like exercising in public.
4. The Value Of A Good Pet
Dogs, cats, birds, the odd turtle—it doesn’t matter what the pet is, if you find their presence good for your mental health if they make you feel less anxious or stressed, then you may want to get one. Find the pet that gives you the most comfort. Also, a good cat or dog or bird might even save your life. Look at what happened to this man.
Getting Ahead Of Anxiety And Stress Strategically
Pets, exercise, metaphysical exploration, and thinking about the right sort of things—these steps will do much to reduce anxiety, stress, and other negative emotional states. Stress will age you, and anxiety is right there marching in lockstep to the brigand called stress.
Between these two hooligans, you’ll make worse choices and be less healthy. So banish them from your day-to-day by taking steps to keep yourself from getting stressed out. Remember: you don’t have control over your situation in life, or what it throws at you. But you can control how you respond.