Stress Relief Management
I've found that stress reduction and stress relief management typically involves a re-balancing of your lifestyle. To relieve stress you simply need to spend less time focused on stressful practices and events.
Sounds like an over-simplification? Well consider this: I was talking to a Head Buddhist Monk about computer operation being tiring and stressful - and his reply? 'Don't do too much of it.'
Simple and clear. The need to live a balanced life. It's always a lifestyle issue.
You may be surprised to learn that having some stress is actually good for you. It serves as a motivator. But too much stress is bad. Stress can have a cumulative effect on the human body. As it accumulates, stress can affect you in many ways, both mentally and physically. Stress is primarily a biological response, involving the autonomic nervous system.
It is caused by either threatening stimuli to the body or some form of danger, either real or perceived. (Imagined?)
Fight or flight? Back in the days of the cave dweller, the body used stress to help us get away from danger, such as predatory wild animals. The body still gives us responses to danger; however, now the “dangers” are much different. Largely psychological.
What happens in the body?
The heart pumps faster and you breathe more quickly to take in more oxygen. The body tenses up. Your reflexes get sharper. Your brain is preparing the body to deal with a dangerous situation. Although our modern stresses come from many places, they are no less real to us than dangers were to our caveman ancestors.
Anxiety Attacks: Indicate a need for stress relief
An anxiety attack can have very acute symptoms, many of which mirror and resemble the symptoms of a heart attack. The body tenses up. Breathing becomes erratic, often hyperventilation occurs. Fear of dying is common. The erratic breathing can cause chest pains, again simulating a heart attack.
When people say they are 'under pressure' at work, what that really translates to is stress. There are varying degrees of stress. Many situations in life produce stress in varying degrees. Some situations affect some people more than others.
There are many stressful situations that people are unaware of as causing stress. Raising children can be stressful at times. Arguing with your spouse is stressful. And we’ve all heard of ‘road rage’. This is stress caused by traffic situations.
The more I read this page the more it dawns on me and 'all comes together' like a giant jigsaw puzzle! These bodily, physiological responses are ALL the exact opposite of what occurs in your body during deep relaxation, meditation and sleep.
Techniques for stress relief and management then ought to focus on hypnosis to induce deeply relaxed mental states, the teaching of meditation, the alpha and theta brain wave states and the simple practice of 'going to bed a lot earlier and getting a good night's sleep!' These problems usually turn out to be a matter of good old common sense.
Relieving stress is largely a 'Big Picture' matter of re-balancing your lifestyle, re-organizing and re-allocating TIME in healthier ways. Planning your lifestyle is key. Delegating and outsourcing in management tasks, for example.
Stress relief management
It is highly recommended that you consult with a psychiatrist or doctor if you suspect that your stress level is too high, or if you believe you have any other illnesses directly or indirectly caused by stress. This guide is not meant to be a substitute for an opinion from a doctor or specialist.
Any medication or other remedies should be discussed with your doctor in full before taking further action. We will not be held responsible for damages and/or problems resulting from the use of this information.
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