Whenever we feel overwhelmed by stress, our bodies respond. Our breath gets hollow, our digestive system slows down, the hormone cortisol is released, we become oxygen deprived, among other potentially destructive physical reactions.
You see, stress is meant to warn us of potential danger. So occasional stress is a good thing. However, stress becomes hazardous to our health when we experience it on a regular basis.
For most people, stress is a daily experience. Instead of becoming stressed from real threats like hunger or death (like our forefathers), we become stressed at traffic, being late to a meeting, and being overwhelmed by activities that we voluntarily participate in.
Our bodies react the same to these “perceived” stresses as it does to real threats like a lion chasing us or a drought. Do you get my point? Stop stressing the small stuff. And yes, freaking out because you may not meet a work deadline is not life threatening.
The next time you’re stressed, observe yourself and how your body is responding.
Take a minute and redirect your mind and your body into a state of peace. Since stress causes a reaction in the body, you can use the body to reverse stress. Where your body goes, your mind will follow.
Try this simple breathing technique and you’ll feel more relaxed and centered in under 5 minutes. Once you have control of your body and mind, you can easily feel empowered in any situation. Practice this exercise as much as possible to really see the powerful difference it can make in your life.
Enjoy this breathing meditation!
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