At LFA Tai Chi Edinburgh were always talking about stress and the negative effects of stress not only on yourself and your friends and family as well, stress is the biggest killer in our modern day world. If you look around at your friends and family I bet you can see some signs of stress on your loved ones. So why is it stresses around us each and every day well the simple answer for that is, life it is just to busy, most of us are caught up in the merry-go-round of life which causes stress and sometimes major health problems as well.
Are You Stressed If You Are – Here Are 5 Steps to Less Stress, When you know how stress is not too difficult to control, the biggest stumbling block to controlling stress is you. We have people each and every day that are stressed through one thing or the other coming into our tai chi classes when we explain that controlling stress is not really that hard most people just look at you with a blank stare. The truth of the matter is practising tai chi is probably the simplest and most effective way of helping you cope with stress, as it makes you slow down not just mentally and physically as well helping new release all blocked emotions intentions within your body and mind which helps that the stresses of your daily life float away.
5 Steps To Less Stress
What is the point of stress? Why do we have it? The body experiences multiple kinds of stress, some of which it needs in order to respond appropriately to illness or to difficult or dangerous events. One example of this is the “fight-or-flight” state that helped some of our earliest ancestors defend themselves against serious threats. However, even though we don’t usually need to defend ourselves from the same predators our ancestors feared, many of us may still be responding to relatively minor frustrations or unexpected events with an unnecessary amount of stress.
The following are five steps towards a happier, stress-free you!
Step 1: Prioritize Your Health Many people aren’t tuned in to their body and aren’t aware, until it’s too late, of the effect that stress is having on them. It is important to have a comprehensive understanding of your mind, body and spirit. It is also important to know how to protect your mind and body from stress and the damage it can cause. Stress is a leading cause of poor health and it is up to you to reduce and, where possible, remove unnecessary stressors in your life.
Step 2: Get a Good Night’s Sleep Sleep is essential to maintaining good mental and physical health. It is nature’s healer; the opportunity for your brain and body to repair themselves from the stresses of the day and build and develop for the future. Yet many adults have insomnia multiple times a week. What is your day like if you have had a poor night’s sleep? Do you find yourself snappy and irritable, overreacting to the most minuscule challenge? What about days when you have slept well? Are you more likely to take things in your stride and stay calm under pressure?
Step 3: Practice Deep Breathing, Humans can only go a few minutes (at most) without oxygen. Oxygen is arguably the most important nutrient of the body – every cell needs it to function efficiently. However, the brain is the body’s largest user of oxygen. Breathing serves two purposes: it helps you take in oxygen to be transported to all parts of the body through the bloodstream, and it helps in the elimination of waste products. Oxygen helps to clear your mind, rejuvenate your skin and energize your whole body.
On the other hand, lack of oxygen can lead to mental sluggishness, lack of focus, depression and anxiety. If you are looking for relief from stress, practicing deep breathing is one of the best services that you could be providing for yourself. Even under normal circumstances, taking a full, deep breath by itself can be deeply relaxing.
Step 4: Stay Hydrated when we are not hydrated properly enough, we can experience anything from mild headaches and fatigue to seizures, which can be a symptom of severe dehydration. The symptoms of stress and dehydration can be very similar – increased heart rate, nausea, fatigue and headaches.
Try this: Stop drinking all fizzy drinks, caffeinated drinks and juices for a week and replace them with water and see how you feel. If you are a caffeine addict (as I was), you may suffer from withdrawal symptoms if you go cold turkey (symptoms can include headaches), but the more water you drink, the easier it will be to manage. Hang in there!
Step 5: Eat for Well-Being, Not for Stress Like oxygen and water, food is vital for our health and well-being: It is our energy source and provides our bodies with the nutrients it needs to grow, fight disease and repair itself. Unhealthy food can affect our stress levels in multiple ways. It can be the cause of stress – physical stress caused to the body and its organs as it gamely tries to assimilate and metabolize what we eat and drink. Or, it can aggravate or increase stress from which we are already suffering. For more info go here.
Although the title says Are You Stressed If You Are – Here Are 5 Steps to Less Stress, this doesn’t mean that we can wave a magic wand and make your stress disappear instantly, you can only do that by practicing your Tai Chi on a daily basis. When you tell people this it’s as if you are just ask them for the world, but the harsh facts are if you don’t practice your stress wont go away, and in fact it may get worse and then result in different kinds of health problems that result from being so stressed.
What i’m about to say is the whole truth of what someone said to me in one of my classes no more than a week ago. They said for the last three months of practicing LFA tai chi is the best I have felt in the last 10 years of on my life, my simple reply was you get out of it what you put into it it’s as simple as that. So if you’re feeling stressed look at some of the tips above which will help you but ultimately you need to be practising LFA each and every year to guarantee you give yourself the best chance of fighting stress. find out about stress on your body here.
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