Stress is the “odd ball” of the emotional states gang…
It likes to rule us and manifest itself in numerous ways. For example, we can be stressed out by a situation, but the “stress” itself can work its way out at a later time, leaving us confused as to why we feel anxious and negative at a time that doesn’t call for it.
Stress needs to be “watched”, that’s the key thing right there. Watched not “engaged” with. When we watch stress, we simply observe it, and it disintegrates through our awareness. When we let it consume our attention fully, we then encounter frustration, anger, anxiety and all the other rubbish mind states that make us feel bad.
The act of “watching” is a technique that has risen out of “mindfulness”. Mindfulness is widely prescribed to sufferers from stress, anxiety, and other mental health issues. It’s proven to work wonders on secondary suffering (pain and stress we put on ourselves), and can make difficult situations far easier to deal with.
In today’s post, I want to show you a mindful approach for reducing stress in your life, and becoming healthier in general…
Weeding out Negativity
If you want to induce more wellness into your life, you have to try your best to weed out as much negativity from your mind as you can. Since everything we do begins with a thought, it makes sense to become mindful of our thought patterns and processes. Mindfulness teaches us to “observe” our thoughts, rather than to engage with them. Using this natural approach, we can choose which thoughts we wish to entertain, and which we'll allow to pass, leaving us untouched.
If we're bypassing negative thoughts, our actions will no longer reflect that type of mind state, and our results won't reinforce our bad mood.
Weeding out negativity will also improve your general health levels since science has proven that stress and negative thinking weaken our immune systems, leaving us more open and prone to illness.
Emotion and Health Connection
When we feel low or depressed, our immune system becomes weakened. This means that we're more prone to illnesses and a general feeling of negativity. However, when we feel high energy and optimistic, our immune system strengthens, making us feel stronger, healthier and happier.
By becoming more active, we can increase our level of optimism and enthusiasm for life. If you know someone who frequently visits the gym, eats healthily, and generally takes care of themselves, how often do you see them unhappy or unwell? Not often right? This is no coincidence, through taking care of themselves physically; they feel better mentally, which leads them to feel happier.
Through altering your emotions, you can create a “knock on” effect that can almost instantly make you feel happy. However, one thing is clear; it takes proactivity and productivity to create this knock on effect, so you must take action in order to reap these results.
I practice mindfulness meditation every morning for 10-20 minutes per session. Since I began using mindfulness meditation, my levels of patience, calm, presence, peacefulness and ability to deal with stressful situations have gone through the roof. Due to all of these attributes, my overall feeling of contentment and happiness in life has improved dramatically.
Stress cannot take over if you live from a perspective of mindfulness. That’s the beauty of this technique! You don’t let the sparks of stress catch light in your mind, therefore, they can’t spread and soon diminish from existence.
Mindfulness is really fun when you get going, and using an app such as “Headspace” or “Calm” can help you get started through guided meditations if you're new to the area.
A simple version of mindfulness meditation is to sit or lay quietly with your eyes gently closed. Breathe in properly using the diaphragm and calm your mind, yet don’t try to change anything. Notice all of your senses and what they’re picking up. Don’t try to alter anything, just simply notice things.
Notice sounds, tastes, smells, touch sensations, movements of your body, thoughts and anything else you come across. Take your attention around the body, like a mental scan. Mindfulness is about creating a stronger connection between the mind and the body. When thoughts arise let them, don’t engage with them, simply watch them come and go like passing clouds.
Do this for 10-20 minutes and see how you feel afterwards…
Usually you’ll feel like you could melt into the floor at the end… It’s awesome!
Wrapping things up…
Overall, we can see that mindfulness is an effective remedy for stress, and also, it’s a great perspective from which to live life. When we practice mindfulness, we pay more attention to our thoughts and actions, which are essential for shaping our destiny. We are in control of our future, not “fate” or any other fantastical ideology.
Mindfulness gives birth to a healthier way of life, since it helps us to dissect and analyse our addictive behaviours from an unbiased point of view. So we can create a better diet for ourselves, exercise more, reduce stressful thinking, deal with negativity better, and improve our reactions to situations we aren’t overly happy about.
It’s like an all-in-one self-improvement technique, and it’s proven to work wonders…
Start practicing mindfulness daily, and see how you feel after a few weeks. I’m certain it will have given you more space, time, and patience to deal with the many things that life can throw at us.
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