Simply put, stress is your body’s reaction to a challenge or demand.
In some short bursts, stress can be positive. For example, it helps you avoid danger or meet a deadline. But constant and frequent stress (chronic) leads to your body shutting down.
When we are stressed your body goes into survival mode. Your brain and body are knocked out of balance. Stress steals energy from your body’s capability of creating something better for you, but instead diverges it to deal with stress.
We often use the problems and conditions in life to reaffirm our addiction to this negative emotion in order to just feel something. This makes change even more challenging. Sounds odd that the very thing we are trying to get away from, we attract even more.
Where your attention goes, your energy flows.
I struggle with stress, I internalize a lot, I narrow down on things instead of looking at the bigger picture. I started reading a lot of research papers on the brain and how it can be re-wired to deal with certain stressful situations which I wanted to share as yesterday was international stress awareness day, and hopefully helpful for someone in a similar state.
Have a clear intention and vision – ask yourself how it would feel like if you could manage the stress and situation better? Ask and feel as many questions as you need.
The moment you ask that, it activates a creative part of the brain ( frontal lobe). It becomes an orchestrator. Once you feel joy, inspiration and gratitude for what you desire, that elevated emotion – feeling good – with this intention can create that reality. Thats when the heart and the brain are unified.
Now of course it isn’t as easy as quietly sitting and picturing this and poof your stress is gone, some days are very frustrating where you can’t imagine being positive about it, but when you do, you are one step closer to activating that special lil part of the brain that bring calmness and balance.