By Ashima Gautam
“It’s not the load that breaks you down, it’s the way you carry it.”-Lou Holtz. Stress—the dictionary describes it as “mental, emotional or physical tension; strain, distress.” I’d add to that: “feeling under pressure or upset.” It is a state of mind that almost all of us are familiar with. In fact, it has bocome a part of everyday life that it’s hard to expect a day without experiencing it in one way or another. No one welcomes stress with a smile and asks,”Stress? Yes, please.” But it is something hard to avoid and the level of stress is increasing day by day because of increasing number of demands and expectations from us with the each passing year.
People are in a hurry all the time and they are often rude and short-tempered. Many people are experiencing financial stress, marital stress and the stress of raising children and controlling them. There is mental stress on the job and often physical stress caused from overwork. Many times this stressful way of living results in health problems,which only adds to the stress. But, God has set a limit to endure the level of stress. If we start pushing that limit, we start having problems. Are you trying to beat that limit of stress too? Do you want a stress free life? Yes, it is possible to live a peaceful life by beating stress. As nothing is impossible because impossible itself says,”I am possible.”
So, to prove this saying right, we have to follow a few steps to lead a calming life that opens the doorway to ever-lasting contentment.
1. Be optimistic: Is your glass half-empty or half-full? How you answer this age-old question about positive thinking may reflect your outlook on life, your attitude toward yourself, and whether you are optimistic or pessimistic. Studies indicate that optimism or pessimism may affect your quality of life. One theory is that having a positive outlook enables you to cope better with stressful situations, which reduces the harmful health effects of stress on your body.
2. Express Gratitude: What exactly do we mean by gratitude? Most of us link gratitude with saying “thanks” to someone. To explain this, think about a time when you felt grateful. What feelings do you associate with this state? Most people report states as peaceful, warm, friendly or joyful. This small example illustrates that gratitude is a positive, peaceful state, that people generally find enjoyable and beat their stress.
3. Practice yoga: A number of studies have shown that yoga can help reduce stress and anxiety. It can also enhance your mood and overall sense of well-being. Also, yoga can help reduce risk factors for chronic diseases, such as heart disease and high blood pressure.
4. Embrace spirituality: Certain tools to beat stress are noticeable, but there is another tool that helps many people manage stress in their lives — embracing spirituality. Being a spiritual person leads to a clearer life purpose and better stress management skills.
5. Meditate regularly: Meditaion is the simplest and inexpensive practice to bring inner peace. Anyone can practice meditation. Spending even a few minutes in meditation can restore your inner calm. In meditation, we cultivate the faculty of mindfulness, or awareness. Mindfulness helps us to go more deep to be aware of the patterns that our mind and emotions give rise to – including the patterns of responses that we experience as stress. Also, we rise spiritually and have many cheerful experiences in life.
6. Earthing: How earthing can reduce stress?, you might ask. My answer is what can be more helpful than God’s handiwork, infused with divine powers and wisdom? Have you ever wondered why it feels so calming and relaxing to walk barefoot on the ground or lie on the grass or sand and looking up the clouds? Have you ever tried to know why you have a wonderful sleep on the ground under the stars? “Earthing”, also known as grounding, simply means to physically reconnect with the earth. Walking barefoot, laying in the grass, and hugging a tree are all examples of earthing, and these practices have been gaining significant attention in the medical community due to its surprising influence on stress reduction and its simple application. Every time I connect with mother earth even in the smallest way, I feel its healing and love, and my stress flows out of me.
7. Practice healing therapies: Healing touch therapies such as Reiki, Aromatherapy, Reflexology, Massage, Accupressure, Crystal healing, Feng shui, Music therapy, Pranic healing, Psychic surgery etc. also act as an assistant to conquer stress. Results suggest that Healing Touch treatment is associated with both physiological and psychological relaxation which helps in reducing stress. So one should either learn or get frequent healing sessions to wipe off all negativities to feel lighter.
8. Change your emotional response: Beating up stress doesn’t mean eliminating stressors from your life. It means developing positive perception for dealing with stressful situations to avoid negative consequences. Even though you can’t control some of the stressors in your life, you can control your response to them and lead a peaceful life.
9. Take care of your body: How can you imagine a healthy mind in an unhealthy body? Health is wealth. Therefore, to eradicate stress, first the physical stress is to be beaten. And this goal can be acheived by regular exercise. Be aware of the food you are having. Get enough sleep. In other words, take care of your body by considering it a precious asset of your life.
10. Connect with Angels and spirit guides: Yes, Angels and spirit guides are messengers of God to show us the right path when needed. You may also contact your guardian angels and spirit guides to send you the signs which may help in settling the things causing stress. You may use some crystals such as angelite, selenite to assist you in contacting your guardian angels.
11. Epsom salt bath: Epsom salt bath is an essential skill for sensitive and stressed out souls. It is one of the primary recovery tools. These baths work because the salt is very grounding as well as cleansing – they clear away all the toxic, stuck, negative energy that our auras pick up and store from others, or even ourselves. Additionally, by adding essential oils to the bath, your energetic system is further cleared, balanced and stress free.
12. Let it go: Look at what you are really stressed out about and if it’s worth all of your energy. If it’s something that you don’t have any control over, surrender to the process and focus your attention on something that will make you feel good.
In this way, by following some of the above steps in daily life, we will start presiding over stressful thoughts instead of keep letting stressful thoughts preside over us. We should spare some moments for ourselves with the help of which we can lead a physically, emotionally and spiritually healthy life.