Stress is a normal part of life, and in the last ten months, we have experienced and seen more of it than we had ever hoped. When faced with unforeseen circumstances, such as a global pandemic, the body reacts mentally and physically. Stress isn’t always related to bad situations. It can also stem from positive events such as the birth of a child or a promotion at work.
Stress isn’t necessarily bad. 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. Scientists and doctors link stress to 5 of the leading causes of death: suicide, cancer, heart disease, lung disease, and accidents.
How to Deal with Stress
Learning to deal with copious amounts of stress is not a permanent solution. To fully enjoy life, you need to eliminate stress as far as possible. That said, no one can 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 daily, 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. Acknowledge it and go back to counting your breaths. Do this for 5 to 7 minutes and work your way up to longer periods.
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. Give us a call today!