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What is stress exactly?

We grow up with stress and accept it as a part of our lives. This leads many of us to not question it and accept it as it is. If we look at its source, triggers,  reason for existing we can begin to understand how to mold stress for our benefitwhat-is-stress.

Stress is a biological response triggered when a stressful stimulus is presented. This stimulus can come in many forms. It is highly individual and it is not static. We can positively change our response to most stress stimulus (stressors). It takes focus and putting knowledge about stress into action with stress reduction techniques. It will take personal discipline and self-respect. Stress is straight forward in many cases and understanding how and why it works will be a key to taking control.
We need to look at our personal stressors and why they cause us stress. Identifying them is the first step to taking control of them. We then must ask ourselves why they cause us stress. Is this stress worth our personal turmoil? If you feel it is worth it can we lower the response? Can we find a place of calm and patience while faced with this stress? If not, what can we do to take steps to lower the stress?

There are many important question that often we do not ask ourselves because we have been accepting the conditions as they are. We have been coping with any variety of methods and allowed this level of stress tolerance stress level and to be OK. In most cases this level of tolerance for stress is excessively high. We are better copers than we are empowered individuals. Anyone can choose to take the higher road and relax in the face of stress. To do this though we must focus and practice. Calming down in the moment not only relaxes us but it frees our mind to do more stress reduction techniques while in the face of it.

Practice and focus, think and be free!

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The Purpose of Stress

We go about our day to day lives with stress. That’s just a fact. It is not something that needs to be bad and overwhelming. There really is no escaping it, it’s a biological response that is necessary and the top researches in the field will tell you stress is a part of life until the day you die. It sounds dreary and it may sounds hopeless but that is because most people put too much negative connotations with stress.

Stress isn’t fun and most everyone doesn’t enjoy the feeling. Sure there are the stress addicts that make it a way of life for one reason or another. But it doesn’t have to be a bad thing. It doesn’t have to consume us and our focus as much as it does for most of us. The more you understand about stress and it’s nature the more power you can gain to control it.

Stress is a biological and usually a psychological response to certain external stimulus, in the medical field dubbed stressors. It is a necessary part of our brain that helps us deal with danger and challenges. It is apart of the brain with fight or flight mode, it is in our “lower brain” but that doesn’t make it any less important. It is more primal and made more for those settings than our urban industrial lives. Nature didn’t mean for it to be in a workplace, traffic, overly complex relationships, the strange societal/cultural forces, etc. It is there though and we need to learn to use it effectively.

This is a short article pointing to much more comprehensive ideas, but with articles ideas from the past and those to come will unravel and you will understand more about yourself and how you feel. There will be, with your effort, an empowerment in your life over emotional stress and it’s implications. Until that point, take it one day at a time and diversify your resources.

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