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. Stress leads to confusion, and productivity problems; 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, like depression or cancer. This makes stress is a serious professional as well as a health issue. For this reason, it is immensely important to look in detail what anxiety is, what its causes are, and how to alleviate or at least reduce its adverse effects.

Stress is connected to time pressure and to circumstances that are challenging, difficult, or even impossible to manage. Everybody gets stressed at one time or another, and the same stressors affect people very differently. However, stress is situation-dependent, which 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 information load leads 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 decision in question is unrelated to the original feeling. People with guilty conscience overestimate their own weight and consider chores to be more difficult than those with a clear conscience. This occurs because the brain always generates thoughts, which are in a similar vein, so ideas and memories acquire the same flavor. In this case, only threatening, pessimistic, or failed experiences surface, which uncontrollably interferes with concentration and compromises problem-solving ability. Although the information is just a fragmented and distorted illusion, it nevertheless masquerades as objective reality, forming the center of conscious attention. The information overload, which naturally leads 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, long-term stress contributes to a host of health problems.

Recognizing stress as a result of latent high brain frequencies can give us the tools to manage our lives better. Rehearsing stressful situations in advance whenever possible is empowering, so is using relaxation techniques before challenging situations. The goal should not be to eliminate stress from our lives entirely 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 challenging and meticulous task, but well worth the effort! You will have to develop a personal method that you can regularly follow. Taking a walk, focusing on a mantra, prayer, or meditation liberates the mind from a negative mindset. Eliminating the after-effects of negative emotions is the best preparation for any challenge. Do not forget to regularly challenge your improved mind. Adversities allow us to grow and develop.

My book, The Power of Joy, gives you the tools and advice you need to liberate yourself from your negativity and become the best version of yourself.

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