What is Stress and How to Manage It Effectively?
We all face Stress problems in our lives. How to manage stress and lead a happy life? Recent research reveals that the body also has the capability of affecting the mind. The way you carry yourself, the way you walk, the way you talk, and the way you project your physical self, affects your attitude and mind to a fairly large extent.
For several decades now, researches all over the world have asserted that what goes on in mind affects the body. Negative thoughts and a negative attitude lead to our feeling low: our heads fall, our shoulders sag, and our breathing becomes shallow. In fact, it has been conclusively proved that negative mind triggers off a whole chain of physio-biological reactions, which are designed to make us feel this way.
On the other hand, positive thoughts and positive attitudes make us feel good: our heads are held up, we tend to look up, stand taller, breathe deeper and fuller.
So you see, the body is directly affected by our mental state. But, consider this: recent research reveals that the body also has the capability of affecting the mind. The way you carry yourself, the way you walk, the way you talk, and the way you project your physical self, affects your attitude and mind to a fairly large extent.
If you always stand straight, with your chest held out and breathe deeply, the chances are that you will be projecting a positive outlook. On the other hand, if your shoulders are dropped, and you have a crouched back, you are probably passing through a rather dull phase.
An interesting and potentially very powerful corollary of this is that we can control our emotions through our bodily actions and postures. Hence, if we want to feel good or positive, all we have to do is change our body posture. Though it may vary only slightly from person to person, the overall constituents of a positive frame of mind are more or less the same: Head high, Shoulders pulled back, Deep Breathing, Chest Held Out, and of course the all-important SMILE. As Anthony Robbins puts it,”Motion creates Emotion”. The way we move changes, the way we think, feel and behave. The slightest movement of a facial muscle to a rigorous workout can affect our emotions.
Even the simple act of smiling can make an enormous difference to your state. Extensive research in this area proves that the act of smiling sets of a biological reaction that affects all parts of the body. It stimulates the heart and the lungs. It increases the flow of blood and oxygen to the brain. The body’s excretory organs function more smoothly clearing the body of harmful toxins. Imagine such a simple act of having such far-reaching consequences. In fact, many doctors think that fifteen minutes of lighter laughter daily can increase your life span by about 5-10 years.
The point is that nothing happens by chance. We have all been created in a very scientific manner. Every gesture, every moment in the body has some purpose ñ some cause us to feel miserable, doubt our abilities, and curse our luck, while others make us feel good, optimistic and positive about life. We have got to choose the ones we desire.
Work-Life Balance: 9 Quick Tips for Managing Overwhelm
If you feel that your work life balance is teetering on edge; isn’t it time to make changes before the problems overwhelm you? Whether or not you own your own business, life is often overwhelmingly rich. I wish you joy in the dance as you move with order and disorder, discipline and insight, gracefully maintaining work-life balance.
If you feel that your work life balance is teetering on edge; isn’t it time to make changes before the problems overwhelm you?
Here are my secrets for dealing with overwhelm.
1. Everything is perfect, and there is room for improvement and regaining work-life balance. It takes time and energy to resist reality. The foundation managing overwhelms to accept what is and take it from there.
2. Putter. Puttering orients you in time and space of your life while making mental room for you to notice what really wants to be a top priority.
Tip: Set a time limit on puttering if you are worried that you will lose the entire working day to it.
3. Take the attitude that you will, of course, do what is most important, even if you do not yet know what it is or how you will do it. Be curious about what you don’t know how to do rather than worrying about it.
4. Organize your home. When your insides are churning with anxiety over multiple commitments, create order outside.
Tip: This seems to work best if you clean with a light heart, though I have worked through some pretty gnarly problems while fiercely scrubbing the kitchen floor!
5. Use every means available. Make plans and act spontaneously. Make lists and do what needs to be done whether or not it is on the list. Managing overwhelm means mingling both direct and indirect ways of moving forward.
6. Be real. However linear or spontaneous, ground your choices in your real life and work experience. It doesn’t make sense to ignore a deadline or to pretend that a complex piece of work can be done in 10 minutes.
7. Revise your commitments. Promises are not made to be broken, but some are made to be revised. Act promptly to revise commitments that you cannot or will not keep.
8. First things first. Take time for exercise, prayer, meditation, and simply “defragging” no matter how busy you are. Doing these things first each day enlivens you and gives you the resilience and resourcefulness to do your best.
9. Breathe. First, last, and always, let a rising bubble of anxiety be your reminder to breathe.
1o.Do Yoga or meditate:
Meditation and yoga is a form of alternative medicine that promotes relaxing and mental calmness through the use of controlling or suspending thoughts for a certain period of time. Since meditation involves physical and mental relaxation, it’s a great way to relieve stress.
Try the above techniques. Make habits out of whichever ones work best to stop your worries. They need to be habits because nothing works if you forget to use it. In fact, until they become habitual, you may want to carry a list of your favorite techniques for eliminating worry.
Whether or not you own your own business, life is often overwhelmingly rich. I wish you joy in the dance as you move with order and disorder, discipline and insight, gracefully maintaining work-life balance.
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