Stress can be caused by almost anything. It can be external (traffic, job deadlines), or internal (being hungry or lack of sleep). Both positive and negative life events can be stressful. Some of the most common include:
- Loss of relationship (Divorce or break-up)
- Losing a job
- Getting promoted
- Birth of a child or adoption
- Getting Married
- Serious illness
- The death of a family member
Excess stress can lead to problems emotionally (anxiety and depression), physically (sleep issues, muscle tension, headaches, psoriasis, gastro-intestinal and more) and behaviorally (alcohol and drug abuse, overeating, angry outbursts). Stress hormones hinder important cognitive functions. Relaxation therapy reduces the stress hormone and enhances our mental abilities, including focus and attention, problem solving, and decision-making.
While experiencing frequent stress has damaging effects on mind and body, relaxation therapy can improve health and support healing in the body. When the body is in a relaxed state, a person tends to breathe more deeply, which results in better and more regulated supply of oxygen delivery to the brain and body.
Stress affects body, mind, and emotions. Below are some useful tips in reducing stress.
- Reality checking negative thoughts and catastrophic thinking
- Planning in advance
- Learning from mistakes
- Focusing on the positive
- Meditation /Focusing on breathing
- Deep breathing
- A long hot bath
- Laughing, crying, screaming at the sky
- Artistic endeavors
- Talking with a friend or confidant
- Doing anything you really enjoy