Research studies show that 75% - 90% of all visits to the doctor are stress related.
The most commonly accepted description of stress is, “physical, mental, or emotional strain or tension,” or, “a condition or feeling experienced when a person perceives that demands exceed the personal and social resources the individual is able to mobilize.”
How do you deal with stress? The realities are that everyone has bills and obligations, the hours in the day (still only 24) are limited, and work and family responsibilities are demanding.
The realization that each person controls their own life is the foundation for successfully dealing with stress. Managing stress starts with managing your thoughts, emotions, schedule, and the way you deal with situations.
Experts suggest trying to identify the sources of stress in your life. To identify your true sources of stress, look closely at the habits and routines that you have, your mental attitude, and your outlook and view of your life.
Physical activity plays a key role in reducing and preventing the effects of stress. Any form of physical activity can help reduce stress and tension in your life. Exercise releases endorphins which boost your mood, and make you feel better - happier! Exercise occupies the body and mind, and helps keep your concentration off of daily problems.
Even very small activities can add up over the course of a day.
Try a few easy ways:
Breathing techniques for the reduction and control of stress and fatigue are a proven way to help provide physical and emotional relaxation. Learning methods to relax the body and mind can reduce the effects of stress. This in-depth relaxation lowers blood pressure and heart rate, promotes oxygen flow as it slows down breathing, all of which aid healing. These techniques are inherent in Eastern practices, such as tai chi and qigong.
The pathway to wellness includes practices to enable the mind-and-body connection, which can be enhanced by the integration of nature through visual and auditory experiences. The ability to relax and connect in each breath or movement through respiration, mental, and visual concentration allows a person to gain inner peacefulness.
Not all stress can or should be avoided, but extreme emotional responses can be harmful to the body’s healthy state. When a person starts to feel uneasy or extreme tension, they should practice methods to bring their emotions under control, and to foster calmness.
Learn how to better estimate when you have reached your maximum capacity at work or personally. Learn how to say “no” to tasks requested of you when you realize that your work or personal agenda is at maximum capacity.
Consider that you control your emotions, and you can change your surroundings, so if you realize something makes you anxious or quick to react, change it: sometimes breaking away from a situation lets you return to it with a new perspective. Consider taking a pause before reacting. Analyze your schedule and duties: based on what you are responsible for, consider what you would like to add, or subtract, and why.
There has been a shift toward making more information known about healthier options, from things we consume and breathe, to skincare and exposure to chemicals. Education about lifestyle options can be beneficial when making a decision. More and more, individuals are seeking a more natural, organic way of living, with an expanded effort to maintain and protect themselves, and the environment in which they live.
Consider enrolling a partner to help educate and motivate you if you are on a journey back to better health. Some people work well with the company of a buddy: someone to walk or do an activity with. A support mechanism which enables a person to talk about their journey or goals can impact the level of success a person will have.
The practices of Eastern Medicine concentrate on healing and looking for the cause of illness. The causes of illnesses are due to an energetic imbalance within the body. Therefore, to treat any illness, one must eliminate the pathogenic influence or balance and strengthen the energy in the body. They emphasize maximizing health by living correctly, and the human body’s abilities to heal.
Contemporary Western medicine applies sciences and research to diagnose, treat and prevent illness primarily through pharmaceuticals and surgery. They emphasize lifestyle changes to benefit society, such as better nutrition or weight loss, or weight loss surgery.
Eastern philosophy facilitates healing through balancing excesses or deficiencies in order to regain or maintain good health. Traditional Chinese Medicine places ‘Qi,’ the principle of vital energy at the core of its medical theory and practice.
Qigong practice changes the body’s physiological state: blood vessels become dilated so that the heart doesn’t pump so hard, the breath exercises pump the lymphatic system, removing toxic byproducts, and the brain waves change from Beta to Alpha helping the nervous system; these changes reduce stress. Tai Chi has been proven to reduce anxiety, hypertension, fear and anger due to its calming, meditative nature.
These are just a few of the reasons that people are enrolling in classes to learn tai chi and qigong to manage stress, reduce pain, and repair nervous system disorders.