Man­ag­ing stress: re­con­nect with na­ture and your in­ner-be­ing

Part II

Asian Journal - - Colors of Life - Ashima Gau­tam

Re­cap from last is­sue

“It’s not the load that breaks you down, it’s the way you carry it.”-Lou Holtz. Stress—the dic­tio­nary de­scribes it as “men­tal, emo­tional or phys­i­cal ten­sion; strain, dis­tress.” I’d add to that: “feel­ing un­der pres­sure or up­set.” It is a state of mind that al­most all of us are familiar with. In fact, it has bo­come a part of ev­ery­day life that it’s hard to ex­pect a day with­out experiencing it in one way or an­other. No one wel­comes stress with a smile and asks,”Stress? Yes, please.” But it is some­thing hard to avoid and the level of stress is in­creas­ing day by day be­cause of in­creas­ing num­ber of de­mands and ex­pec­ta­tions from us with the each pass­ing year.

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4. Em­brace spir­i­tu­al­ity: Cer­tain tools to beat stress are no­tice­able, but there is an­other tool that helps many peo­ple man­age stress in their lives — em­brac­ing spir­i­tu­al­ity. Be­ing a spir­i­tual per­son leads to a clearer life pur­pose and bet­ter stress man­age­ment skills.

5. Med­i­tate reg­u­larly: Med­i­taion is the sim­plest and in­ex­pen­sive prac­tice to bring in­ner peace. Any­one can prac­tice med­i­ta­tion. Spend­ing even a few min­utes in med­i­ta­tion can re­store your in­ner calm. In med­i­ta­tion, we cul­ti­vate the fac­ulty of mind­ful­ness, or aware­ness. Mind­ful­ness helps us to go more deep to be aware of the pat­terns that our mind and emo­tions give rise to – in­clud­ing the pat­terns of re­sponses that we ex­pe­ri­ence as stress. Also, we rise spir­i­tu­ally and have many cheer­ful ex­pe­ri­ences in life.

6. Earthing: How earthing can re­duce stress?, you might ask. My an­swer is what can be more help­ful than God’s hand­i­work, in­fused with di­vine pow­ers and wis­dom? Have you ever won­dered why it feels so calm­ing and re­lax­ing to walk bare­foot on the ground or lie on the grass or sand and look­ing up the clouds? Have you ever tried to know why you have a won­der­ful sleep on the ground un­der the stars? “Earthing”, also known as ground­ing, sim­ply means to phys­i­cally re­con­nect with the earth. Walk­ing bare­foot, lay­ing in the grass, and hug­ging a tree are all ex­am­ples of earthing, and th­ese prac­tices have been gain­ing sig­nif­i­cant at­ten­tion in the med­i­cal com­mu­nity due to its sur­pris­ing in­flu­ence on stress re­duc­tion and its sim­ple ap­pli­ca­tion. Ev­ery time I connect with mother earth even in the small­est way, I feel its heal­ing and love, and my stress flows out of me.

7. Prac­tice heal­ing ther­a­pies: Heal­ing touch ther­a­pies such as Reiki, Aro­mather­apy, Re­flex­ol­ogy, Mas­sage, Ac­cu­pres­sure, Crys­tal heal­ing, Feng shui, Mu­sic ther­apy, Pranic heal­ing, Psy­chic surgery etc. also act as an as­sis­tant to con­quer stress. Re­sults sug­gest that Heal­ing Touch treat­ment is as­so­ci­ated with both phys­i­o­log­i­cal and psy­cho­log­i­cal re­lax­ation which helps in re­duc­ing stress. So one should ei­ther learn or get fre­quent heal­ing ses­sions to wipe off all neg­a­tiv­i­ties to feel lighter.

8. Change your emo­tional re­sponse: Beat­ing up stress doesn’t mean elim­i­nat­ing stres­sors from your life. It means de­vel­op­ing pos­i­tive per­cep­tion for deal­ing with stress­ful sit­u­a­tions to avoid neg­a­tive con­se­quences. Even though you can’t con­trol some of the stres­sors in your life, you can con­trol your re­sponse to them and lead a peace­ful life.

9. Take care of your body: How can you imag- ine a healthy mind in an un­healthy body? Health is wealth. There­fore, to erad­i­cate stress, first the phys­i­cal stress is to be beaten. And this goal can be acheived by regular ex­er­cise. Be aware of the food you are hav­ing. Get enough sleep. In other words, take care of your body by con­sid­er­ing it a pre­cious as­set of your life.

10. Connect with An­gels and spirit guides: Yes, An­gels and spirit guides are mes­sen­gers of God to show us the right path when needed. You may also con­tact your guardian an­gels and spirit guides to send you the signs which may help in set­tling the things caus­ing stress. You may use some crys­tals such as an­gelite, se­len­ite to as­sist you in con­tact­ing your guardian an­gels.

11. Ep­som salt bath: Ep­som salt bath is an es­sen­tial skill for sen­si­tive and stressed out souls. It is one of the pri­mary re­cov­ery tools. Th­ese baths work be­cause the salt is very ground­ing as well as cleans­ing – they clear away all the toxic, stuck, neg­a­tive en­ergy that our auras pick up and store from oth­ers, or even our­selves. Ad­di­tion­ally, by adding es­sen­tial oils to the bath, your en­er­getic sys­tem is fur­ther cleared, bal­anced and stress free.

12. Let it go: Look at what you are re­ally stressed out about and if it’s worth all of your en­ergy. If it’s some­thing that you don’t have any con­trol over, sur­ren­der to the process and fo­cus your at­ten­tion on some­thing that will make you feel good. In this way, by fol­low­ing some of the above steps in daily life, we will start pre­sid­ing over stress­ful thoughts in­stead of keep let­ting stress­ful thoughts pre­side over us. We should spare some mo­ments for our­selves with the help of which we can lead a phys­i­cally, emo­tion­ally and spir­i­tu­ally healthy life.

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