Stress effects us mentally and physically.
Some stress is beneficial. For example, if a wild animal is chasing you, stress makes you more alert, dilates your pupils, gets your heart racing, sends blood to your extremities, and heightens your reflexes. These physiological changes help you quickly escape to save your life.
On the other hand, chronic stress from daily life, work, and responsibilities has a negative effect on our health. It can cause poor digestion, irregular bowel movements, restlessness, poor sleep, weight loss or gain, body pain, skin conditions, autoimmunity, and functional disease.
With practice we can recognize unhealthy stress and relieve it from the body.
Stress Relieving Tips:
1. Ask yourself: is this situation life-threatening? Am I or is someone else in danger? If not, take several deep breaths. Relax.
2. Breathe. Inhale deeply through the nose, pull your shoulders up to your ears. Exhale through the mouth, let out a loud sigh and simultaneously drop your shoulders. Repeat 10 times.
3. Make a list of the things that are stressing you out. Go through the list. Determine the stressors you can control and those you can not control. If you have no control, write “I am willing to let go.” If you have some control, make an action plan. Brainstorm what you can do to modify the situation, then wisely take action.
4. Express Gratitude. Think about all you have to be grateful for. Make a list, say it out loud, or repeat it in your head until your begin to feel the gratitude in your heart.
5. Do the Trembling Horse. This Qi Gong exercise instantly shakes stress and tension out of the body.