How To Get Stress Relief With The Help of Stress Management Meditation and Avoid Burnout Forever!
What Is Management and how do we get out of the cycle of entanglement in stress? In 2015, workplace stress was responsible for $190 billion in the U.S. health care industry. And that number doesn’t take into account all the other types of stress we deal with, such as interpersonal stress, money worries and family difficulties.
Stress clearly impacts each of us in all areas of our lives and is the reason many people take up unhealthy habits, such as drinking, smoking and drugs.
We can take a vacation, but the same situations will be there waiting for us when we return.
Are You Stressed Out?
Life is full of stress because we live in a constantly-changing world, and there’s no way to stop that. Many of the things in our lives that cause us stress we can do nothing about—we can’t change some situations, no matter how we might want to.
Some stress is healthy for us. It causes us to do our best and to keep going when things look impossible. The times when we overcome stressful obstacles improve our self-confidence and make our lives richer.
Our body responds to the stress of potentially dangerous situations to protect us—to help us survive. This “fight or flight” response is hard-wired into each of our DNA. However, too much stress causes unhealthy amounts of wear and tear on our bodies and minds.
Surely there are positive ways for stress managing!
How Stress Works In The Body
Our automatic nervous system, which determines how our unconscious physiological processes work, is made up of two systems—the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems.
The sympathetic is the one that provides the “fight or flight” instinct. When we are under pressure, it kicks in to help us deal with the situation.
The parasympathetic nervous system keeps the sympathetic system in check. It returns us to a balanced equilibrium. Both of these are important for our well-being.
The problem starts when there are so many overwhelming pressures in our life that our sympathetic system stays on high alert all the time.
This doesn’t allow the parasympathetic system a chance to return to a balanced state where we can reflect on and come to terms with changes and relax.
So the helpful “fight or flight” response turns into a trap where more and more stress builds up without the “release valve” of equilibrium that helps us manage the stress.
When our fight or flight response is always on alert, we feel totally stressed out. During these times, we often find ourselves making poor decisions that can negatively impact us later, which causes a cycle of even more stress to accumulate.
When caught up in this cycle, we frequently overact, which again, makes matters worse.
How Can Meditation Manage Stress?
What is Stress Management Meditation? Meditation has been used for centuries to deal with stress and the responses to stressful situations. But how does it help?
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In our modern world of perpetual busyness, our sympathetic nervous system is frequently in overdrive. We find ourselves constantly rushing from one activity to another, multitasking and being always available, thanks to our smart phones and the Internet.
Meditation offers us a chance to stop, to take a break from our busy lives. During meditation, we get familiar with how our mind works, we get to reconnect with our bodies and we get to recognize the feelings and thoughts that are causing our stress.
These feelings are often related to external events or situations that we find stressful.
When we meditate, we cultivate a new awareness, or mindfulness, which helps us clearly see how our inner self-talk and automatic tendencies of reacting, or overreacting, to certain situations cause us stress.
We start to appreciate how much of the stress in our lives we create internally by the way we think about and respond to situations. This new awareness then gives us the opportunity to make changes in how we respond to difficult situations.
So meditation is marvelous. But what about all the preconceived notions a lot of people have about meditation? Many people think meditation is too “out there” for them or that they won’t be able to do it.
Let’s bust those myths right now so that you feel more comfortable and confident in using meditation to manage your stress.