Stress appears in all shapes and forms in our lives. But do you know what causes stress? It’s the meaning we give to our situation. "Really" you say, well just stay with me for a minute and I'll explain....
If your car breaks down you could choose to judge the situation as “bad” and choose to feel angry and frustrated. Your agitation puts your adrenal glands in ‘fight or flight’ mode, it pumps out cortisol, your digestive system shuts down, you pace the pavement, and you are hyped up.
Alternatively, you could choose to withhold judgement, and choose to stay calm, call the breakdown service and meditate while you wait.
Things happen in our lives, sometimes as a response to our own actions, or the actions of others, or things happen just because they do! We cannot control what happens, but we can choose how to respond to it. And how we respond affects the outcome.
Here is a simple technique which will help you to reframe stress:
Take 5 deep slow breaths, filling up your lungs and your belly like a balloon. This calms the autonomic nervous system.
If you feel stressed and anxious and want to feel better, book a relaxation massage or hypnotherapy session with Elayne.
The article above was inspired by this video.
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Elayne Lane is an instructor of the Universal Healing Tao. She has been teaching and doing bodywork in excess of 20 years.