How to Reduce Stress
Naturally and Fast
by Irina Litvin
These days it is impossible to avoid stress for most people but it is absolutely possible to change how we respond to it. Yes, we can train ourselves to become resilient to stress so we can quickly bounce back to our balanced and peaceful state of being. We can adopt this very useful skill that will give us the so-much-needed buffer.
How Stress is Connected to Our Feelings
Our response to stress is based on our feelings, emotions, and our beliefs. Yet, everything starts shifting when we brave up to examine and question our beliefs. And we have to be completely honest with ourselves here because admitting that we have a problem somewhere is a big part of the solution.
Even more change comes into our life when we weed out the beliefs that don’t serve us and keep us in misery. To find these limiting beliefs we need to analyze our life, without hiding anything and willing to see what parts of our life cause most stress and anxiety.
What usually causes the most havoc is our attachment to seeing things a certain way.
In our lives, it’s hard not to get overwhelmed with emotions.
And then we don’t know how or don’t take the time to properly process emotions. Nothing however goes away by itself. This emotional build-up accumulates. As things come up to the surface, what do a lot of us do as we try to feel good? We suppress our emotions.
Also, there are times when we cannot express our emotions. Sometimes it doesn’t seem appropriate. There might be good reasons. Yet when we suppress our emotions, we also suppress our immune system. This makes us vulnerable to disease.
Dr. Gabor Mate notes: “The emotional centers in our brain are directly connected to our immune system, nervous system, and hormonal apparatus.”
Besides, when we remain in this state of chronic stress, even low-level, for a long time, we can’t access those parts of our brain where we feel belonging to this world and where we can find peace.
5 Tips to Reduce Stress Quickly
- Limit Your Time Checking News
The first thing I invite you to analyze is how you feel after checking news. If it makes you anxious and stressed then may be limit the time you spend watching or reading the news. Set a specific time limit. Remember that news channels have their agendas and your emotional balance is not on their priority list. You can also make an agreement with your friend to take turn checking the news so you can have a break for a few days.
- Reduce Caffeine Intake
If you have a habit of starting your day with coffee then maybe it is time to try different alternatives. These days we have great options to choose from, like dandelion coffee. The goal is not to completely avoid caffeine (but for some people it would be an ideal solution for their health) but to break the habit. Don’t get me wrong – I do enjoy an occasional cup of coffee but I don’t have the need to drink it every single day. The thing is that coffee messes up with our body’s ability to deal with stress.
- Start Your Day with Mindfulness Practice
Even a 10-minute meditation will help you set intentions for the day so you can be productive and centered. If you do some yoga, Chi Gong or Tai Chi before meditating, you will feel energized and elevated without any need for caffeine! And the quality of your meditation will be incredibly better.
If checking social media is your “morning practice,” then you may begin your day overloaded with emotions you need to process on top of what you already have going on.
When you start your day going inward and prioritizing your spiritual goals, it is like having a buffer between you and the things that happen around.
It is a known scientific fact that engaging in these mindful activities increases production of hormones like serotonin that make us feel happy.
To make it an easy for you, I have recorded 3 free guided meditations that will help you start your day feeling awesome.
- Don’t Suppress Your Feelings & Emotions
“Emotional storms are meant to be felt out when they come, not suppressed. But they can be perceived differently when wrapped in mindful awareness.” – Jon Kabat Zinn
Letting our feeling out lightens us allowing us to reconnect to a higher brain state where we can experience great joy again.
If we suppress our feelings and emotions, we’ll have no peace.
“A good cry happens when you simply experience your feelings without all the stories associated with them. Crying is the way the limbic brain heals. Laughter is medicine of the neocortex.” Alberto Villoldo
We live in a society where crying is so often associated with weakness. Even more so when it comes to men. But it is actually one of the greatest ways to release the pressure of stress and soothe ourselves.
Being able to witness our emotions without labeling them as “bad” is the key for releasing the pressure and experiencing a big relief. This relief comes because by giving our full presence to our emotions we neutralize their charge and transmute this energy into pure light. Emotions pop like soap bubbles when you do this right. Yet the key is not to drown in feeling a victim.
I can guide you to do it safely and effectively in my new free course Releasing and Healing from Stress and Anxiety.
- Spend Time in Nature
Go for a walk in a park or a hike. Nature is the best healer of stress as it gently bathes you in its soothing energy, helping you to slow down and “unload” the squeeze of busy life.
Some of my favorite places to be when I need to quickly recharge my batteries are by a creek, a lake, or a beach. Water element has been used by indigenous people for many centuries to heal and balance emotions. Of course, healing goes much deeper if you do it with gratitude because gratitude will quickly raise your vibrations and activate your higher brain functions which will unlock joy and inner peace.
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