(Reading Note) How to make Stress Your Friend

3 Mindfulness To Take Advantage of Stress

Our body response to stress would shows our instinct for survival which include rapid heartbeat and breathing (making us ready to run), narrowed vision and a jolt of adrenaline. This is our natural adaptation designed to keep and make us ready to move.

For example, when you boss summoned you, or your next big unprepared final exam, and this physiological response can actually give you the energy and focus to excel. However, much of the time the patterns in our mind impact how we interpret the events in our lives and we can assigned it wrongly.

Since we are built for survival, your brain’s own alarm system is scanning for threats and triggering the “fight-flight-freeze” stress response to escape what you interpret as danger.

Although sometimes the dangers are real but these days we get triggered throughout the day by a simple comment, a surprise decision, an angry text, and also by the way we relate to our responsibilities and to the people around us.

Since we are designed to react quickly we would often being thrown out of balance which lead to stress.

Top three ways to handle stress

1. Choose a different perspective / narrative. 

Our mindsets drive how we interpret stress. As we become more mindful, we should be able to control our thoughts and see when we are creating an internal self-talk that fuels a negative narrative.

In summary, we need to lose our ‘victim’ mentality and see yourself as empowered to take action and try to see this stressful event as opportunities to grow all increase our resilience.

2. Shift how you interpret your body’s signals. 

How we interpret the events in our lives has a lot to do with how stressful we feel. What if we interpreted the body’s signals as giving us energy, power, and drive to succeed? The next time you feel stress coming on, consider that those feelings are mobilizing you for action.

Last time I was severely stressed, I choose to going for a run. However, I’ve been too busy to run. Really need to start running again.

3. Train with the Body Scan meditation. 

Here’s how it is done. Sit quietly and systematically direct attention from one body part to the next, starting at the top of the head and moving to the feet (or vice versa).

This strengthens the insula, the part of the brain associated with our capacity for interoception (a lesser-known sense that helps us understand and feel what’s going on inside our body).

This capacity is at the heart of being aware, empathetic, and emotionally agile. As we learn to shift the body’s response to stress, we open up space for self-compassion and skillful action for ourselves and others.

As we get better at becoming more conscious in our daily lives, we can see with greater awareness our thoughts (What am I believing about this situation?) and our body sensations (What is my body telling me right now?).

When we do this, we can create space to calm the mind and body and be more skillful in the very full and sometimes intense lives we lead.

What daily stressor can you see in a new way? –Laurie J. Cameron

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