“We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts.” – Buddha
Have you ever stopped to think about how true this is? Most of us aren’t aware of the amazing effects that overall mental condition has on the body. The science behind this is complicated, but understanding even a small part of it will benefit anyone.
Physical reactions to stress are a danger to our health.
Situations like being fired from a job, going through a divorce, having a baby or a promotion (yes, even the good ones cause stress), not to mention various illnesses, death of a loved one and money problems, are always accompanied by body reaction. Sweating, heart racing, perspiring and shaking are the first visible symptoms. Your muscles tense up and if they stay that way headaches and various types of chronic pain occur. It’s not rare that you experience breathing difficulties and asthma. In seemingly benign situations like preparing for an important meeting, sitting in your car stuck in a traffic jam or fighting with someone, your body releases hormones cortisol and adrenaline and epinephrine which make your heart race. If this happens repeatedly, say hello to elevated blood pressure, glucose and cholesterol levels, not to mention stroke or heart attack. Stress can also affect intestinal and nervous system, male and female reproductive health. Every inch of your body reacts to it. This is only a scratch on the surface, so every time you feel like you’re going to explode, recognize the danger and don’t let it become chronic.
How can we prevent chronic stress?
Learning to accept and identify all kinds of emotions is essential, as well as expressing them. It can be hard for some of us; we are often taught to suppress feelings. Those of us who do, often become depressed, aren’t able to identify what’s wrong and just feel bad all the time. Make it a habit of talking to someone (don’t overdo it), cry it out, write it down, go for a jog or shout in your pillow every time you feel sad, anxious or angry. No exceptions. Go to a yoga class or meditate at home regularly and learn to relax your body. Keep away from toxic people and energy vampires if you can. I bet you have that one friend that’s been there your whole life and there was a time they were funny and interesting, but now all they do is complain, gossip or cry over their sad destiny. We all have problems, but we shouldn’t burden others with them. It’s healthy to tell someone what’s bothering you, but it’s not polite to talk about it for two hours every single time. You don’t have to be senseless and never see that friend again; next time, skip drinks and do something that’ll make you happy. Think of yourself instead of others.
Whatever time you dedicate to improving your mental health will benefit you in the long run. Life is a constant struggle, try to be a winner and don’t let yourself down.