Reduce Stress – Cultivate Presence
I was working hard all week, spending my nights working on a side business and still getting in my training sessions. I felt pretty good, but I hadn’t taken time during my busy days to slow down and rejuvenate. Suddenly my heart rate was way up and I was having trouble sleeping. I was stressed out and didn’t even realize it.
Stress doesn’t have to just be situations where you feel “stressed out.” Stress can be working against you many times without you even knowing it. That’s why it SUPER important to learn ways to reduce stress and lessen the negative impact it has on your biology.
- Polluted air
- Chemicals in food and drink
- Outgassing of furniture and building materials
- Sickness and disease
- Lack of sleep
- Chemicals in household and hygiene products
- Allergens (in air and food)
These are just a few..
I think we can agree that stress can be caused by many things we come in contact with on a daily basis. Many of these things we can’t completely remove from our lives unless we disappear to some pristine location in a remote area, but we can reduce stress to manageable levels.
Stress is defined as a process in which environmental demands strain an organism’s adaptive capacity resulting in both psychological demands as well as biological changes that could place at risk for illness
Almost everyone has experienced stress in some form or another throughout their life.
It can make us feel horrible emotionally, mentally and even physically.
Beyond those feelings it can even have silent and even more damaging effects on us. If it continues to go on for long periods of time, chronic stress WILL lead to serious negative consequences for you health and resilience. Before you get stressed out about stress, let me tell you there are some very simple ways to combat these stressors and return your body and mind to a state of balance.
Health Problems Related to Stress
Here are just a few of the possible stress related problems that are common today. I am not a medical doctor so I can’t say definitively that these issues are related to stress, but the research is pretty solid.
- Heart Disease
- Depression & Anxiety
- Gastrointestinal Problems
- Alzheimer’s Disease
- Accelerated Aging
- Premature Death
List isn’t big enough?
Not to worry.
Just search Google for “stress related health problems” and you’re sure to find as many as you desire.
Stress is viewed as something to be avoided at all costs. That isn’t actually true. How we deal with the stress is the important part. Learning to manage stress can make us more resilient and enable us to cope with life’s ups and downs and make us who we are.
There are a few different ways to conquer stress that we will talk about in this article short of moving to that pristine, secluded location. Even there you’re going to have to deal with stressors.
One of the cheapest and easiest ways to reduce the damage that stress has on you is to practice some sort of mindfulness. This is also a great way to develop more presence which will allow you to live more of your time in the present moment. It also makes you much more aware of the signals your body is giving you and helps you “tune in” to other people on a much deeper level.
You can practice mindfulness in many different ways, but here are the three most common.
- Mindful Meditation or Mindful Breathing
- Mindful Eating
- Mindful Walking
Or check out our Youtube playlist on mindfulness:
Heat Rate Variability Training
This is one of my favorites and one that I believe contributed to my ability to adapt to stressful situations much better than I used to.
One of the easiest ways to train your HRV is by using one of the sensors offered by HeartMath. Just make sure to get the right on for you phone or computer.
All you do with this sensor is hook it up to your ear or finger and breathe in and out with the prompt. It will give you suggestions on how to improve your HRV and track it in real time, letting you know how you are doing.
I’ve found that after about a month of regular use, when I start to feel a little stressed by breathing actually resorts to this type of breathing automatically.
Probably the simplest ways to reduce stress and you blood pressure quickly is by taking a few deeps breaths.
Sounds to easy right?
Don’t underestimate this as a way to reduce stress quickly when you need it.
There are also some certain types of breathing that can help. Check out this article to learn more.
One of the most researched benefits of CBD oil is it’s ability to reduce stress and help you relax. It does this by helping to change your brain wave patterns to an alpha wave pattern. Our favorite source of CBD comes from BioCBD.
On days that we know are going to be stressful Thaddeus and I both take one or two capsules before we start working. It really helps to give us a relaxed focus to get through the day.
L-theanine or Green Tea
L-theanine, one of the active ingredients in green tea can have a calming effect on the body. When it is mixed with caffeine, like in green tea it will give you a calm yet focused energy to get through whatever you are working on. You can take a capsule of L-theanine with out without coffee or jut have a cup of green tea before or after your coffee.
Just taking a walk in nature will greatly reduce stress. Make it a mindful walk and you’ll notice a wonderful calming effect when you get back to business. Check out the video about mindful walking
Getting outdoors in nature and walking is hugely beneficial for so many reasons, stress reduction included.
Stress is said to be the cause of the majority of modern day disease. Take time every single day to rejuvenate and relax. Pick a personal strategy that works for you:
- Meditation and mindfulness
- Heart rate variability training
- CBD Oil
- Take a walk