Stress is part of our modern lifestyle. It seems that we cannot survive without it and, even in moments of relaxation, we tend to clench our jaws or frown. These days it is the price we pay for our fast, technologically driven, multi-tasking lives.
Every so often I wish I could be more relaxed. And just as I start thinking I’ve got the hang of it, a thought pops up: “You must remember to type up that presentation/bake that cake/invite so-and-so to the party/take the cat to the vet….”. There is ALWAYS something. Stress and stressful situations cannot be avoided.
Deane Alban shares 15 stress management tips that have been tried and tested. It WORKS!! You will learn how to breathe, not just in-and-out, no, proper, diaphragmatic breathing.
Meditation is also something that many of us have heard of, but has never really tried. Personally I’ve tried it over and over for months (my mind is ALWAYS all over the place) and was about to give up when I got it right…finally. Meditation helps more than just to focus your thoughts and turn inward, it does help with that. But more importantly, meditation makes you more resilient and less reactive to stress by decreasing the number of neurons in your amygdala, the area of the brain associated with fear, anxiety, and stress. [Deane Alban: BeBrainFit]
Ms Alban goes on to describe 13 more self-help ways of relieving day to day stress. Find them all here.
The thing is, stress and stress-triggers or stressors will ALWAYS be around us, and even within us. We cannot ignore it and we cannot change it. It is a fact of life.
However, you can choose how to deal with stress. You can make a difference in your perception of stressful situations and decide to what level you will allow it to affect you negatively. The tools to help you achieve this are there, mentioned in this article, in fact.
Ask yourself this: do I want to allow stress to ruin my life? Or: do I want to take control of the stress and bring change in my life? The choice is yours.
Happify. Infographic by Dan Harris: bit.ly/2tQFIfX
Are you constantly seeking a way to find happiness? In a world filled with darkness, depression and fear, I think EVERYONE is hoping to find some sort of ‘secret way’ that they can attain utter happiness and fulfillment.
I have often looked at other people, knowing very well that what we observe is rarely the truth, and found them to look absolutely, blissfully happy. I’ve often envied them this, as my life definitely is NOT always happy. One should constantly reminds oneself that life is like a picture book and every moment a snapshot. The smiling faces we always seem to see on social media is but a photo, a quick snap, taken at a moment when the subject was smiling or told to smile. The truth is, none of us are ever really happy. But the good news is, Aadil Palkhivala, through his unique yoga and meditation philosophy, can help you to finally find what you seek.
Look what he says in his article for Yoga Journal: “Happiness happens when we choose it over trying to be like everybody else, trying to have what others have. When we compare ourselves at all times to others, we feel constant discontent. Santosha (contentment) brings happiness. And contentment must come from a constant striving for happiness; happiness stops when we stop growing or stagnate. We are here to evolve.” [07/2017]
You can read the article here and even sign up for his six-week Master Class to align your asana and transform your life through yoga philosophy.
PALKHIVALA, Aadil. 07/2017. This Is How Meditation Can Focus Your Mind—& Help You Choose Happiness. [Web:] Yoga Journal: bit.ly/2v1dvXA [Date of Access:] July 27, 2017.
Watch this video and more related podcasts, videos and articles on her website. Click here.
If you are like me, with your mind all over the place, meditation seems impossible. This infograph shows us just how easy it actually is.
Try it, why don’t you?
Visit the webpage for more info: sta.cr/2ONIx
** Image source: enhancehealthtoday.com