Mind Body Health – Mindfulness for Stress Management
What is stress?
According to the Australian Psychological Association, stress is often described as a feeling of being overloaded, wound-up tight, tense and worried. We all experience stress from time to time, however when stress occurs for long periods of time, we become exhausted, burnt out and unwell. An overload of stress therefore can upset the mind body connection and interfere with your physical and mental wellbeing.
Symptoms of stress
When we face a stressful event, our bodies respond by activating the nervous system and releasing hormones such as adrenalin and cortisol. These hormones cause physical changes in the body which help us to react quickly and effectively to get through the stressful situation. This is sometimes called the ‘fight or flight’ response. The hormones increase our heart rate, breathing, blood pressure, metabolism and muscle tension. Our pupils dilate and our perspiration rate increases.
While these physical changes help us try to meet the challenges of the stressful situation, they can cause other physical or psychological symptoms if the stress is ongoing and the physical changes don’t settle down.
These symptoms can include:
- Headaches, other aches and pains
- Sleep disturbance, insomnia
- Upset stomach, indigestion, diarrhoea
- Anger, irritability
- Feeling overwhelmed and out of control
- Feeling moody, tearful
- Difficulty concentrating
- Low self-esteem, lack of confidence
- High blood pressure
- Weakened immune system
- Heart disease
How can Mindfulness help?
Mindfulness is all about being in the present moment. Not thinking about the past or worrying about the future. It’s about being in the ‘here and now’ without attaching judgement, emotion or meaning to an experience.
By practicing Mindfulness every day, we draw on stress management techniques which gives us the tools for dealing with stress, and shows us how to deal with anxiety through progressive muscle relaxation, biofeedback and brain exercises as specific stress management techniques.
Current research supports the benefits of Mindfulness in positive psychology as a stress management tool and provides a range of relaxation techniques to combat signs of stress, symptoms of depression and anxiety disorder.
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By visiting this site, you have taken the first step to dealing with stress. Whatever the issue is that you’re dealing with, Mindfulness can help. Become your own psychologist today and learn specific Mindfulness Techniques the art of relaxation as a stress management technique.
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