Nowadays, stress has become commonly accepted as an inevitable part of daily life, particularly in the work environment. We effectively spend half our lives at work where we constantly encounter stress, yet we know very little about how to overcome it. Before we explain how meditation is an essential tool to combat stress, we need to better understand stress and how it is triggered.
The term ‘stress’ refers to the response an individual has to an event or a demand. When an individual feels the threat of stress, he or she enters a defensive state known as flight or fight. Physiologically speaking, stress triggers the sympathetic nervous system to rapidly release stress hormones.These hormones are meant to prepare your body to either stay and deal with a threat or run away to safety.
High levels of stress hormones like cortisol create physiological changes in an individual. They suppress the immune system, decrease serotonin (the happiness hormone), cause the muscles to tense, breath to quicken, increase blood sugar levels and constrict blood vessels.
When stressors are always present and an individual constantly feels under attack, that fight-or-flight reaction stays turned on and the quality of life of the individual can be significantly impaired.
But what few people realize is that stress is actually an internal response to a perceived threat. It may be triggered by an external event, but the way an individual interprets an event – the thoughts or story they tell themselves about it- is the defining factor in how stress can be overcome. Meditation is absolutely a key component in developing the skill not only to recognize stress and what triggers it, but to detach from and overcome it.
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