Stress and Your Health
Living a peaceful life, where you're free to spend your days focusing on love, seldom puts you into stressful situations.
Now for the rest of Americans and the world who have to drag themselves up out of bed each morning, deal with getting the kids ready,the commute, traffic, and work overload at a position that imposes strict deadlines. Now that can be stressful.
Based on the American Psychological Association study July 2014 of Americans 73%
regularly experience psychological symptoms caused by stress and 77% regularly experience physical symptoms caused by stress. The most common physical ailments sited were irritability, anger, crying and nervousness, that feeling like you want to jump out of your skin. The most common physical ailments sited were fatigue, headache, stomach issues.
But stress does more than just cause you a belly ache. The US National Library of Medicine April 2010 (PMC2858344) article states that chronic stress may be a contributor to the increased risk for obesity and other metabolic diseases and WdMD lists the top 10 health problems as heart disease, asthma, obesity, diabetes, headaches, depression, gastrointestinal problems, accelerated aging, alzheimer's disease and premature death.
That's some pretty serious stuff folks, just because we allow things to "get to us."
I had a friend who way-back-when introduced me to the concept that if you are not "at-ease" then the body becomes "dis-eased." The point of this play on words never hit home until I started doing my research on stress related illnesses.
Okay, so I've ruined your morning coffee with my blatant statement of fact. By I come with some answers that may make your day a little less, well, stressful.
The top answer is and will always be to Meditate. I have received countless emails from you and spoken to scores of people that tell me they have trouble meditating. Let me spell it out for you in a few easy steps.
- Close your eyes and breathe. Take a few minutes and focus on your breathing. Start by breathing deeply until you can feel the breathe travel into and out of your nostrils. Now return to natural breathing, still focused on feeling the air flow.
- Be Present. We all get distracted. Be present in your breathing and everytime you get distracted, come back to the focus on the air flow in your nostrils.
- Tune into your Body - You will notice that as you begin to relax in this process, your body will naturally release some of the tension in the muscles of your face, neck, chest and back
OilsI have studied herbalism and essential oils since the 1990's and utilize tools in my practice as well as my own life as part of my preparation for meditation.
As a contributer to Higher Roads Products, I provide the essential oil formulations for their oil products. Click here for more information on their proprietary blend for Stress Reduction.
Wishing you a stress-less day,
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