When you are stressed about something, you are most likely upset in some way. You may be fearful of something happening or not happening. It could be caused by anything. Research tells us that 80% of illness is caused by stress.
So how do you calm your stress? Is your method health enhancing or will it cause problems for you or your life?
I’ve struggled with a sugar addiction in some form all my life. Addiction starts out as fun, an experiment or a way to redirect your focus to delay dealing with what is going on inside or outside of you. Eating too much or unhealthy foods always felt like a hug to me since my family used food as love as many families do.
Rather than deal with the root cause of that which drives you to eat when you are not physically hungry or whatever your escape tactic may be such as television, it becomes a habit to shove the angst down or set it aside rather than sit with it and move through it. I’ve heard it said many times that the quickest way beyond something is through it.
People fear pain. People fear change because they think change can bring pain. However, change can also just happen to shake up your comfort zone to get you to grow into the goal you or your Soul have set for yourself. Pushing the boundaries of a comfort zone can cause any number of responses or reactions. Responses tend to be healthier and reactions tend to be automatic triggers inside you that “attack” to stay “safe.”
“When people stop being afraid, they rediscover their compassion.” – From the film Amazing Grace.
The breath is our connection to our Soul. Our Soul is our connection to God. We are all part of the same whole created by the One Creator – regardless of what name is given to the Source of all that exists.
When you, anyone or a whole group of people are stuck in fear, the first impulse is to react and protect. Protection as a reaction can take on many forms. It can show up as addictions or profiling or projecting things onto someone or others that may not be true.
A safer choice is to stop the mind from racing for a minute, get quiet and just breathe. Feel centered and connect with your God inspired self. Inspiration can then enter the door of your open mind and heart where it could not enter a closed mind and heart filled with fear or anger. That is where compassion finds its way into your heart and into the world. Compassion opens the door to understanding and forgiveness.
If you haven’t read my article on How to Improve Your Focus yet, you will find it helpful.
Most times, everything boils down to a choice between fear and love. It starts with you, me and every person in the world. I believe animals matter here also. Isn’t it time we all started finding compassion and choose love? This world is a collective enterprise. You first contribute to the world with your feeling vibration.
How do you feel right now?
Check in with your breath whenever you feel stressed. Stop to breathe before you blurt out something you may regret. Stop to breathe before you shove down a dozen cookies, a few cocktails or buy something you don’t need. You may still end up making the same choice, but you’ll hopefully be consciously responding after breathing rather than automatically reacting to numb the temporary pain you feel in the current moment.
Everything is temporary. This too shall pass. Stopping to breathe and check in allows grace to enter.
Give it a try. It really does work…when you are willing to change and push your comfort zone a little bit. Check out my free 5 minute class entitled Steppin’ Out of Your Comfort Zone. You’ll enjoy it.
If you need additional assistance, please seek the help of a professional.
Enjoy consciously breathing and kick your stress to the curb peacefully.
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Enjoy infinite blessings!