Stress and Choosing a Better Option

Stress andStress has sadly become a regular and expected part of everyday life.  Many of us live with constant stress that often becomes “who we are.”  We identify with it.  We may complain about it, but we consistently miss opportunities to turn away from it, or relieve it’s impact on our lives and bodies.  Stress becomes our default mode, and any attempt to distress or relax feels awkward and uncomfortable.

I know many people, including myself, feel fidgety or anxious once they try something like meditation or simple deep breathing.  The body is still, but the mind keeps moving and chattering, making it almost impossible for us to truly experience the benefits of intentional stillness.

Like most things, the solution is practice, the idea of which promises benefits and results somewhere down the line, in the hopefully near future.  But if we can just allow ourselves to sit with the discomfort of a still body and chattering mind, remembering to simply let the thoughts flow without holding on to them, reminding ourselves that they are just thoughts and are not who we are, we could begin to experience what we seek.  Peace.

Stress is not some necessary evil we must learn to live with.  It’s not a demon we must learn to battle.  It is not something that happens to us.  It is a state of mind.  It is one way, one of the many ways, we can choose to experience the world.  Yes, there are people and situations that seems to be steeped in the energy of stress and negativity, and unfortunately, that kind of energy is potent and undeniably present on this plant at this time.  But to engage with it, and allow it to influence your mood or behavior, is a choice. Once we understand that, we can choose a different path.

There are many techniques available to us when we are seeking ways to relax and deal with stress (ie. choose a different option).  I have previously posted about deep breathing and why it is an essential everyday practice.  I highly recommend utilizing that technique anytime stress begins to overwhelm you, or even when you are feeling fatigued and drained.  The following is a description of other relaxation techniques that offer us substantial and wonderful benefits that can impact the way we interact with our lives and bring us closer to peace.

MEDITATION

Simply put, meditation is the practice of calming the chatter of the mind.  This calming, and quietness can be achieved in different ways, and it’s effectiveness depends largely on the personality of the meditator.

Some people can’t stand complete silence.  A quiet environment seems to amplify the chaos of the mind for these people.  For them, using singing bowls, or drums, or low rhythmic music may be helpful.  Others may find guided imagery and visualization works to bring the mind and body to a place of focused relaxation.

Experiment with different techniques and tools to find the best one for you.  You can use crystals or mandalas as a visual reference point.  Or use your own voice humming the sounds “OM” or “MA.”

The method you use doesn’t matter.  What does matter is that you learn to trust yourself to know where you are, what you like best, and where you are going.  Be purposeful and completely present and you are sure to experience peace.

REIKI

Reiki is an ancient healing technique originating in Japan.  It is a gentle and natural form of energy healing that involves the practitioner placing their hands on or over the client’s body.  Clients remain fully clothed and can be seated or lying down.

In Reiki, the practitioner is a channel for universal life force energy.  The healing energy passes through the practitioner’s hands and to the client, facilitating deep relaxation and healing.

AROMATHERAPY

Aromatherapy is the use of pure essential oils for overall wellbeing.  Used in sprays, salves, massage oils or undiluted, essential oils have the ability to help ease many health issues and concerns, especially stress.  By containing the medicinal and healing properties of the plant in concentrated form, essential oils pack a lot of punch in small a amount.  Because they are so effective and react with the body’s chemistry, it’s highly recommended to get support and advice from experienced practitioners when considering using essential oils.  Conduct simple research on commonly used oils and you’ll be ready to tap into this great resource.

Feel free to contact me for more information and aromatherapy products.

ART/ART MEDITATION

Art Meditation is the practice of using art for calming and balancing, introspection, and intuitive guidance. As a tool, art can be used visually as a meditation point, as well as used hands-on as a cathartic and relaxing activity.

The use of color, both in artistic endeavors and everyday life, has been shown to have a reflective nature, as well as an influencing quality. The color you choose to paint with, or wear, may reveal emotional or mental states we may not be aware of.  Alternatively,  being intentional about what colors you choose to have around you may help ease negativity, and promote healing and relaxation.

These techniques are only a few among the many options available to those who wish to find healthy, natural ways to eliminate stress, and create space for more peace. It doesn’t have to be complicated.  I can be as simple as breathing.  But sometimes we do need a little help, and luckily there is plenty of that available as well.

What do you think?  Which relaxation techniques do you practice and find the most helpful? Which would you like to learn more about?

DISCLAIMER:  All statements and suggestions are the opinions of the writer and do not replace medical advice or treatment.  All readers should consult a doctor for any medical conditions and/or before starting any suggested health regimen. By reading this website, you, the reader, take full responsibility for your own health decisions.  Do not take anything from this site and implement it without doing your own research first and/or consulting your doctor.

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