Stress. Open for Interpretation?
Are you stressed? How much do you have? Where does it live in your body? Stress factors can be physical, psychological, or spiritual according to Ayurveda, but the question is, “Is stress real?” Or do we create it through our interpretation and perception of the events around us? Think about it.
There is a woman (maybe 50?) I used to work with who seemed very healthy, she was always pleasant, and generally look to be in great shape. Recently her company had layoffs and her entire team was let go, she stayed. The day after the layoff she had a massive stroke and was in the ICU for a couple weeks. Another very healthy gal I know just had an ovarian cyst that burst. Come ON! These “burstings” are signals to our bodies that they cannot handle any more. Something has to give and when the mind won’t let go of stress, our bodies will find a way to let it go.
“Wherever a thought goes, a chemical goes with it,” says Deepak Chopra. Once our mind tells our body that a situation is stressful and that thought signals stress hormones, which prepare us for fight or flight. Imagine how many times we prepare for fight or flight in a day!? OMG I am going to be late! OMG I forgot to reply to that email! OMG my stocks tanked! OMG I lost my job and what if I never get another one!! One after the other, over and over. It’s just not natural! We do not have to fight for our food, for our sleep, or for our survival, yet we tell ourselves these stressful stories constantly and we FREAK our bodies out!! Really, we are choosing to create our own chaos.
I don’t have a magic answer for what to do about a crappy economy and people losing their jobs. I cannot control it. It’s very sad and can be very scary. But in my life, I am learning to worry only about what I can control. So, my advice is to analyze your stress and if there is something out of your control, then let it go. There is nothing you can do about it anyway, so leave it. Concentrate on what is in your hands and make the best of it.
Stress relieving tip! If you want a magic answer to help you, this is my suggestion. I do both of these daily.
Meditate & Pranayama every morning (even just for 5 minutes!)
Either So Hum or Nadi Shodhanam