As there’s an abundance of stress in the modern world, it’s far more difficult than ever before to embody a sense of relaxation. When you’re looking for your own specific way to wellness, you have consider if you are living a relaxed life, or if are you simply more likely to be predisposed to stress than the person next to you. Learning how to relax isn’t necessarily a difficult concept to grasp, but to begin on this journey, you must determine how stressed you are in the first place.
Are You A Stressful Person?
You might not think you are, but if you find that your blood pressure tends to shoot through the roof, or you can test your heart rate variability, you may find that you are naturally more anxious than other people (I’m definitely one of these people). Thankfully, this doesn’t mean you can’t change it. The fact is, you may recognize this as ‘normal’, while others view you as more jittery or anxious. If you are a stressful person, you can begin to tackle the symptoms… From there, you can focus on the root cause and work through mitigating it.
Calming The Stressful Symptoms
We all have stresses in our lives, but it’s how we react to them that makes us feel that sense of ‘fight or flight’.
Newsflash: We can have control over this!
If we constantly feel anxiety towards a certain situation, then we’ve got to tackle the problem in a physiological way, but also address the reasons behind it. And when we suffer symptoms of stress and anxiety, there are many options for us: from edibles you can purchase online, to calming your nervous system by deep breathing or mindfulness. In fact, deep breathing is a fantastic way for you to gain some control over your autonomic nervous response.
While a lot of people push meditation, have you ever actually tried to sit there, in silence, and think of nothing? When you have an overactive mind, it often feels impossible! Instead, focus on deep breathing, as the extra intake of oxygen and focus on your breath can put you into a more relaxed state of mind. If you want to learn more about it, there are some fantastic resources out there, notably what Wim Hof and his (free) course can do for you, not just in terms of your stress, but for your life in general.
Locating The Root Cause
Maybe you can feel a new lease of life by having control over symptoms. As such, this can give you more confidence to identify the root cause. But, when there are long-standing illnesses like PTSD, or a deep-rooted psychological trauma, locating its root cause can help us make peace with what has happened in our pasts. Of course it’s not as simple as that, but there have been studies on processes like the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) that have been shown to help people overcome Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
In your life, sometimes it might be about the fact that you’ve avoided the root cause. Once you take the steps to address this, you have a reason for your anxieties. From there, you can start a new life and ultimately, begin to finally relax.
How do you deal with the stressors that wiggle their way into your life? Do you use the above techniques, or do you have go-to’s of your own? Let me know in the comments!
Breathe in, breathe out.