Thursday, 27 February 2014

Stress-Less List: 5 Ways to Tackle Long-Term Stress
An Ecosystem will Help You Relax & Be Wherever You Are

Image: "How to Stress Less Mind Map" by IQ Matrix - Eliminate Stress

What Is Stress?

In today’s world, it’s inevitable that we will experience what our heart/mind/body will process as stress.  In actual fact there is no such thing as stress “out there in the world.” Stress is something that exists inside of us.

What we identify as stress is often a collective experience of how we process our reactions to circumstances. Consider: someone applies pressure on us, we get stressed. There was no stress applied to us; what was applied to us was pressure.

What we experience under pressure is a whole series of reactions: anger, frustration, disappointment, sweaty palms, increased heart rate, fear, fight or flight response, headache, nausea, exhaustion, etc. It’s the sum total of all these psychological and physiological reactions which we lump under the umbrella stress.

Over time, “The constant production and buildup of the "fight or flight" hormone cortisol leads to adrenal fatigue or burnout.” (Source: Beating chronic stress can be fun, easy and creative: Here's how). In addition, “The resulting hormone imbalance also creates inflammation. When it becomes chronic, serious, sometimes fatal diseases are produced.” (Source: Beating chronic stress can be fun, easy and creative: Here's how).

There are many immediate short-term techniques for coping with stress. We have probably all heard them before. Advice like going for a walk, taking time off, an Epsom salt bath, a cup of chamomile tea…in other words seeking a distraction of some sort and/or some natural non-medicinal relaxant.

These can be effective with dealing with our stress symptoms in the short term, but what about long term? What about those of us who are said to suffer from chronic stress? Here are a few longer-lasting solutions to our “stress problem:”

Stress-Less List: 5 Ways to Handle Chronic Stress
  1. Laughter – it is the best medicine. Enjoy comedies, funny stories, and try to develop a more light-hearted humourous attitude toward your life. Remember, if stress depends on our reaction to pressure, an ability to “laugh in the face of danger” puts you ahead of the game.

  2. Hobbies – gardening, cooking, painting, playing music, whatever. The key seems to choose an activity which engages the parts of your brain and body not required in your daily life/career.

  3. Sports – everything from rock-climbing and running to mountain biking and boating to squash and swimming. Pick whatever you enjoy doing so getting out and doing it isn’t a chore for you. The last thing you need is for your stress-releasing sport to become another source of stress!

  4. Serving others – be it complete strangers or a community you identify with, it has been shown that acts of kindness and altruism reduce cortisol while increasing serotonin levels. It seems “feeding the soul” nourishes both body and mind as well. The key here seems to be not expecting anything in return. Find the joy and peace in the act of giving in and of itself. Letting go of ego-expectation allows us to be more present in and truly enjoy the moment.

  5. Relaxation – lying around allowing stressful thoughts and emotions to run away with us is hardly relaxing. Be it yoga or meditation, we want to cultivate focused or concentrated relaxation. Yes, the crazy mind will want to churn endlessly; relax and simply observe it. Resist the urge to continuously feed the frenzy with more pressure (including thoughts like: “I can’t meditate! Yoga is too hard! Etc”).

Read more: Beating chronic stress can be fun, easy and creative: Here's how

Support and Enhance your Strategies with Peapod Life Indoor Ecosystems

No matter which of the five above strategies you follow, remember that an indoor ecosystem from PeapodLife will support and enhance that strategy. Having an indoor ecosystem combines the best qualities of being out in nature with the comfort and convenience of your own home or workplace.

As a matter of fact, the fresh air, beautiful plants, trickling water, and soothing atmospheric effects of an indoor rainforest microclimate can reduce our stress reactions to daily life to begin with! Then, that same environment allows us to truly immerse ourselves into our stress-coping activities.

An ecosystem from PeapodLife will bathe you in soothing energies, help insulate you from making harsh negative reactions to circumstances and shore-up your innate natural ability to settle into an optimal frequency. When you get there, everything else truly melts away and you are truly wherever you are.

"Stress is caused by being ‘here’ but wanting to be ‘there."
~ Eckhart Tolle, The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment

Image: "Stress is caused by being ‘here’ but wanting to be ‘there.’" –Eckhart Tolle via 

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