Monday, August 17, 2015

Understanding is the first step to conquer stress

Sorrowing old man by Vincent van Gogh

Stress is generally considered a state in which timely information processing is inhibited due to added expectation load. A perennial problem of our time, it occurs across the social spectrum and in almost all age groups. We know that it even affects children. In the short term stress leads to confusion, productivity problems, and over the long term hormonal and bodily changes weaken the immune system and can lead to high blood pressure, heart attack, and stroke, and even mental problems. Stress probably contributes to diseases as varied, as depression or cancer. This makes stress is a serious professional as well as health issue. For this reason it is immensely important to look in detail what stress is, what are its causes and how to alleviate or at least reduce its negative effects.

Although stress is connected to time pressure and to circumstances that are challenging, difficult or even impossible to manage, stress is actually situation dependent. Everybody gets stressed at one time or another and the same stressors affect people very differently. This discrimination and apparent specificity to stress indicates the importance of the mental state during challenging situations. Chronic high brain frequencies correspond to detail oriented mental processing. The overwhelming, unnecessary, and superfluous details lead to a perceived shortage of time, forming a sense of deficiency, or difficulty. The detail oriented focus of high brain frequencies inhibits the ability to see clearly. For example, in research studies subjects have been shown to display more severe moral judgment after experiencing negative emotion (disgust), even if the judgment in question is unrelated to the original emotion. People with a guilty conscience overestimate their own weight and consider chores to be more difficult than those with clear consciences. This occurs because the brain always generates thoughts, which are in a similar vein, so thoughts and memories acquire the same flavor. In this case only threatening, pessimistic or failed experiences surface, which uncontrollably interfere with concentration and compromise problem solving ability. Although the information is only a fragmented and distorted illusion, it nevertheless masquerades as objective reality, forming the center of conscious attention. The information overload, which naturally lead to aggravation or desperation, is recognized as the typical stress symptom. The stressed mind is on an inevitable path toward conflict (interaction). Like a released bow, conflicts relax the mind and the brain frequencies return to normal levels. At these times we are resilient and emotionally stable. However, the emotional struggle and conflicts exact high personal and professional price: broken promises cause problems at work, and strain relationships in private life. Not surprisingly, over long term stress contributes to a host of health problems.

Recognizing stress as the result of latent high brain frequencies can give us tools to manage our lives better. Rehearsing stressful situations in advance whenever possible is empowering, so is using relaxation techniques before difficult situations. The goal should not be to eliminate stress from our lives completely, because occasional stress enhances focus and concentration. However, long term stress is incapacitating and dangerous. Get rid of grudges, hurts of any kind as soon as you have them. This is an emotionally difficult, and meticulous task, but well worth the effort! You will have to develop a personal method that you can regularly follow. Go for a walk; focus on a mantra, prayer or meditation, with which to liberate your mind from negative mindset. When your mind is not handicapped by the after effects of negative emotions, it is able to handle any challenge. Do not forget to regularly challenge your improved mind. Challenges allow us to grow and develop.

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