Stress creeps up on us when we least expect it and it rears its head when we expect it most. Evading stress is something we all seek to do, and yet there are times when we use a healthy amount of it to our advantage.
The way we deal with stress can vary drastically from one person to the next, and destructive elements can coexist with constructive ones. However, regardless of your relationship with stress, there’s another relationship to master first—the one with ourselves.
In all of its complexity, stress can be defined as the result of the brain mismanaging information. When we aren’t able to process what’s coming at us, we open ourselves up to imbalance, which can be tricky to come out of unscathed. Often we seek help from others without working first on ourselves, which will only complicate the process.
Here are a few key steps to take to get in touch with yourself to naturally relieve stress.
How To Relieve Your Stress
1. Face who you really are.
Since childhood, we all have a tendency to project who we want to be onto ourselves. From ‘I want to be just like my father’ to ‘I want to be a fireman when I grow up,’ we establish a certain sense of self by identifying with others.
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While personal connections are critical and healthy, we can’t let them cloud our sense of self. That lack of self-confidence prohibits them from becoming fully self-aware, so instilling faith in themselves is key. Not only will it allow for better social integration, but also provides the ability to handle any type of situation much more effectively going forward.
2. Develop faith.
One major obstacle in facing these truths is the fear of not being able to deal with them. Just like we are not born with the issues we run into as we navigate through life, we are not born with the tools to deal with them. But that doesn’t mean we can’t deal with them.
Everyone has their own way of dealing with pressure, but there are simple strategies we can execute that are specifically designed to help us get back on track. In my practice, I’ve seen a lot of success using certain tactics of acupuncture, which is a time honored method that dates back to Ancient Chinese Medicine. Another tool I’ve used to help my patients relieve stress is Nutripuncture, which also draws from Ancient Chinese Medicine but employs a fusion of modern science, using chewable nutrients instead of needles to send messages across the body’s meridians.
3. Be willing to give things up.
A person recovering from alcohol addiction may have more to lose than his vice. If he’s accustomed to feeding his addiction at a local bar with a group of people he considers his friends, the recovery process could easily involve forfeiting those friends.
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This is a reality that isn’t easy to swallow, but it comes with the promise of achieving a faster state of balance and a firmer grasp on the state you’re looking to return to. The same is true for many other transitions. You may have something to lose, but keep a steady perspective on what you’re able to gain along with that sacrifice.
The best way anyone can live life in a truly healthy mental state and relieve stress is by establishing trust within themselves. When they have that, they possess the ability to handle any situation with clarity and confidence. And remember this: our social experiences possess the ability to shape who we become. Knowing who you are, what you value, and what you desire will leave you with a more positive wellbeing and keep the stress associated with figuring out what path to choose at bay.
Andrew holds a Master of Science in Traditional Oriental Medicine (MSTOM) and a double major in Psychology and Eastern Religious Studies. Throughout his life, he has studied extensively a multi-disciplinary approach to the body and mind. Andrew also lectures throughout North America. He teaches Nutripuncture seminars for both patients and medical professionals such as acupuncturists, doctors, chiropractors, psychologists, physical therapists, nutritionists, and nurses.
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