Mindfulness For Stress Management
Let’s talk about stress!
Stress is defined as a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or very demanding circumstances. This definition however doesn’t bring into account how so many people are dealing with stress to the 10th degree.
Stress has now become deadly due to how we’ve been handling it for so long. Stress and fear were intended to alert our bodies on if we should run or fight, but for many people experiencing consistent stress is common. Which is why we have to talk about this!
Consistent stress can lead to very serious conditions and even fatality as chronic stress increases our chances of heart attack. We often downplay stress because everyone is experiencing to a high degree. However, it’s time to stop the cycles that bring stress into our families without any solution or maintenance. It’s time stop giving stress a pass and start looking at it for how harmful it is.
It’s no longer just major life stresses, like divorce or job loss, that can kill you; it’s also how you react to everyday stresses, like traffic jams, work meetings, etc. There are studies that show that people who perceive their daily lives to be over-the-top stressful were three times more likely to die early than people who rolled with the punches and let things roll off their shoulders.
While we are setting goals and striving to achieve them this year, l want to introduce you to Mindfulness-based stress reduction or MBSR. MBSR is a program that incorporates mindfulness to assist people with pain and a range of conditions and life issues that were initially difficult to treat in a hospital setting. Mindfulness for stress reduction is a non medicinal way to treat chronic stress in your life. The process is about becoming more aware of our stress responses and how to appropriately respond to the type of stressor you are facing.
Its about being aware and remembering that what you practice grows stronger. Hence, *cortical thickening and *nueroplasticity. These are two ways our brain grows and reacts based on our mindfulness. WHAT you pay attention to and HOW you pay attention to it is what grows stronger. We are growing something in every moment that we are thinking so we have to decide what we want to GROW.
It can be patience, love and peace or it can be uneasiness, stress, and anxiety. I had to experience a phase in life when all I felt was stress to understand how important this shift needs to take place. I had to shift my thinking to create new, positive results.
Here’s a short MBSR practice.
*Cortical Thickening: The growth of new neurons in response to repeated practices. Our repeated experiences shape our brain. You can actually sculpt and create synaptic connections based on repetition in what we practice.
*Neuroplasticity or Brain Plasticity is the brain’s ability to adapt to change across the lifespan and to rewire itself after damage. With every new experience, the brain changes in some way.
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