Beating Holiday Stress

 

“Up to 90% of all illnesses can be attributed to stress.”

~National Institute of Health (NIH)

Every week 95 million Americans suffer from some kind of stress-related symptom for which they take medication.”

~The American Medical Association (AMA)

Holiday stress statistics show that up to 69 percent of people are stressed by the feeling of having a “lack of time,” 69 percent are stressed by perceiving a “lack of money,” and 51 percent are stressed out about the “pressure to give or get gifts.” ... They're present at work but are underperforming.

Stress is an integral part of everyone’s life. It seems the more you try to avoid stress, the more stress finds you. Stress is not something to be managed. Stress is an everyday fact of life. What needs to be managed is our response to stress. Depak Chopra aptly said we are human “be”ings and not human “do”ings. We certainly have perfected our ability to juggle multiple balls at one time. However, we have not perfected our ability to quiet our mind and truly become a human BEing.One of the most powerful ways to do this is to learn how to meditate. So here is a quick easy way to start

meditating and get your mind and body back in sync and handle the coming Holiday Stress we all know all too well.

Box Breathing Technique

This is one of the easiest ways to meditate as all you have to do is concentrate on your breathing and count to four. Find a quiet place where you can sit comfortably for 10 minutes and set a timer for 10 minutes. Breathe in for a four count, hold your breath for a four count, breathe out for a four count, then wait for a four count before you take your next breath. That’s it! Repeat for the next 10 minutes. Yes your mind will wander from time to time but part of meditating is bringing your mind back to your breathing. Meditation is exercise for the brain and the real exercise is in the bringing your mind back to the breathing so get started and it will get easier and you will start to see the changes with your sleep, mood, and stress handling.

If you would like to use more advanced techniques for insomnia, smoking cessation, chronic pain, and even weight loss call the office and learn about Brain Tap Technology that makes meditation and guided visualizations more specific to your condition yet still super easy.

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