Stress is a normal part of life. When faced with unforeseen circumstances, the body reacts mentally and physically. Stress can stem from all types of events, even positive ones such as the birth of a child or a promotion at work.
Stress isn’t necessarily bad. In fact, it keeps us motivated and alert from potentially dangerous situations. But when stress becomes chronic, and a person faces continuous challenges without relief, it becomes a negative thing.
Chronic stress can lead to physical symptoms such as headaches, chest pain, high blood pressure and insomnia. If left untreated, these symptoms can worsen and lead to anxiety and panic attacks. Stress is connected to 5 of the leading causes of death: suicide, cancer, heart disease, lung disease, and accidents.
How to Deal with Stress
Simply learning to deal with copious amounts of stress isn’t a permanent solution. To fully enjoy life, you need to eliminate stress as far as possible. That being said, no one can completely eliminate stress from their lives, which means that learning to manage it should be a top priority.
One way to deal with stress is through meditation. Mindfulness meditation on a daily basis, even for just 10 minutes, enables you to clear your mind from everyday stress. It also promotes complete relaxation of your body.
How to Meditate
There are many resources available online that will teach you how to meditate efficiently. A valuable resource is the Emotional Mastery Course which you can access here.
A simple meditation exercise is to sit or lie comfortably somewhere without any distractions. Close your eyes and concentrate on your breathing. You can count your breaths. In..1, out..2, in..3, out..4 and then start again at 1. If your mind wanders, don’t stress about it. Simply acknowledge it and go back to counting your breaths. Do this for 5 to 7 minutes and work your way up to longer periods of time.
Learning how to deal with stress effectively can change your life for the better. If you need help getting started, speak to one of the executive coaches at Integrative Coaching to book a Free Discovery Consultation.