There are times when the best action will be the most difficult action. Many times, when dealing with physical stress, you feel like you have no more energy or will to fight. We’ve all felt that way at one time or another, yet we all manage to dig deeper and keep going. Keep reading to get a better idea about how you can win the battle against the impact of stress on your body. You can start implementing what you learn right away.
The way you breathe has an enormous impact on stress, and this can be used to your advantage. Nowadays, most people don’t really know how to breathe properly. Rather than breathing with their bellies or diaphragms, most people breathe with their chests. If you can learn to breathe with your belly, your diaphragm will be pulled down and your breaths will be deeper. This is the type of breathing that supplies your body with the most oxygen. Chest breathing does not have this effect on the diaphragm and so the lungs are not completely filled with air. When you breathe properly, your entire body will relax more. Another terrific benefit is your blood will contain more oxygen which is a good thing for you.
Your body responds to external stress by automatically tensing muscles. What happens for most people is that they don’t notice this automatic response until it results in a tension headache. Save yourself the trouble of experiencing this kind of physical stress by taking advantage of an old but effective technique known as progressive muscle relaxation or PMR. This can take as long as you want, but most people are pressed for time. This technique involves tensing and relaxing your muscles. As you do these actions, you time them with your breathing. The ideal approach is to lie down and start with your feet and move up your body.
For the last five decades or so, there have been an increasing amount of stories about people who have helped “cure” themselves through the use of laughter.
They were all documented medical condition sufferers who specifically focused on the use of humor to help themselves improve. They watched comedic movies and used whatever they could find to help themselves laugh. The point with this is to lighten up a little, or a lot, and learn how to relax and enjoy something. Some people, though are really serious and are not ever going to change so this approach probably won’t work for them. Also, following this kind of strategy will also serve to take your mind off the things that stress you out. Do the things you need to do to keep the stress you feel from producing physical results.
No matter where you are right now with physical stress or how bad it may seem, you have control and can reverse it. This is going to feel hard when you’re just starting out but what’s great is that your body is going to respond positively to whatever it is that you decide to try. It is going to be surprising just how quickly you can recover once you start taking the right actions and doing the right things.