Yes, it’s true, there is such a thing as good stress. What are some examples? Being stuck in traffic, going to a party and not knowing anyone, public speaking, taking an exam, opening your own business, learning how to write blogs :). These experiences are mild, short-term, and are more manageable in your daily life. Sometimes good stress can challenge you to be more creative and motivated to make lasting changes that will eventually improve your life and happiness. The bad type of stress is when it becomes out of control and chronic. Eventually this may breakdown your emotional well-being, your spirit, and passions in life.
Do you sometimes tell yourself not to get angry or anxious to avoid getting more stressed out? Or were you taught to not talk about uncomfortable or painful experiences? Over time, holding the harmful emotional energies in your physical body basically makes it harder to heal and blocks or depletes your energy life force (Chi) from naturally moving. The stress build up or negative emotional energy can sometimes lead to more serious life-threatening illnesses including: heart disease (women are at higher risk than men due to the unique responses of life-work demands), high blood pressure, diabetes, ulcers, and other various mental & physical illnesses.
Further, 89% of American women ages 30 to 43 report being significantly stressed out, according to a survey by the American Psychological Association. Some women who may be more prone to anger, fear, guilt, or negative emotions can make it harder for themselves to break away from stress –it can feel like there is no way out. But, there is! All emotions are energy. Know that you have the power to choose to shift your energy and change your response and actions to your negative experiences. You can make a difference before it gets worse and where you are unable to control your level of stress.
Stress is a natural part of life. It’s unavoidable. However, it’s finding the right balance of managing your tension and stress by being somewhere in the middle. In case you are like one of the 89% of women who are dealing with overwhelming stress, keep in mind there is hope. You can do something about it. Not everyone deals with stress in the same way. If you can tap into the imaginative and creative part of yourself, then you can attract optimal personal health. Here are 5 tips to naturally practice stress reduction:
- Sound healing–using intention and various techniques to produce the frequency of sound to relieve various issues on a mind, body, emotional, and spiritual level. Including stress reduction.
- Restorative yoga–relieves stress by going into a deeper state of relaxation. This practice lowers the heart rate, improves concentration, and soothes organs.
- Journal or blog–release any thoughts whether positive or negative. Something creative might transpire. Or you may just release any tension you had in your mind for more clarity if you are feeling blocked.
- Call up a friend, co-worker, or family member and ask them to help remind you of why you are a brilliant woman!
- Pranic breathing–controlled abdominal breathing, naturally to not think about it, in rhythmic cycles to produce a feeling of relaxation and improved immune system.
I’d like to hear from you. Did any of the tips help you gain more balance in your life? What do you do to keep your stress in check?