Stress Makes Illness Worse It is being recognised by a slowly increasing number in the medical community that stress can make our health worse and even cause ill health. Some hospitals are setting up centres to study the relationship between stress and illness and to train people to relax.
Dr Benson, a cardiologist from Harvard University, studied the effects of meditation on the health of people for over 30 years. He went on to establish the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine at Massachusett's General Hospital, USA. He has scientifically proven the benefits of meditation.
In industrialised countries we are continually on the move. There are always things to do, people to see and places to go. Everybody is so busy. We do not give our minds time out, time to just be and not worry about the next thing to do. We are trained today to have 2 or 3 things on the go at once.
Once upon a time there were mothers that stayed home to look after the children and the house. Today many mothers look after the children, the house and go out to work. How do they fit this in? Are they relaxed people? I'll let you answer that.
We need simple things to keep our minds on a more simple path. Here are a few suggestions.
10 Things to do to Relieve Stress in Our Lives Laugh. When you laugh you are relaxed. Watch a funny movie, share some jokes, read some cartoons or a funny book.
Take a deep breath when you find yourself getting uptight.
Eat breakfast. This will give you energy for the day and boost your blood sugar levels. When these get low you become tired and cannot think clearly.
Go for a walk - 10 or 20 minutes is better than not walking. You may find that you can get this in by walking the stairs instead of taking the lift, parking your car further away from your destination or getting off a bus one stop earlier than your destination.
Take the children for a walk in the park.
The ultimate walk is to walk in the forest, woods along a country road or along the beach. This is away from all the hustle and bustle of life. Negative ions abound at the beach and amongst trees. Negative ions are calming.
Meditate for 20 minutes each day. Try to fit this is because it is really important. Try getting up 20 minutes earlier, do it in your lunch break or just before you go to bed at night. If you are saying right now that there is no way you will find the time, well you are just the person who needs to meditate. Just do it!
Put a stop to repetitive or worrying thoughts. Yes, you can do it. It is hard at first but slowly it will become easier. Just say 'No, I'm not going to think about that anymore'. Say it often enough and you will be able to train your mind to obey.
Start to pray. Perhaps you can pray for others, for example, people who are unhappy, people who have nowhere to live, people who have no food, people who are ill and people who are dying. Pray for your family that they will have a happy and healthy life. Pray that they will be fulfilled. There are always people who are far worse off than yourself to pray for. Pray to the deity you believe in. Repetitive pray also takes us outside of our thoughts. The Rosary is a good example here.
Take a holiday and take it before you become too stressed. If you are too stressed you will not be able to relax on your holiday.
Read to your children. Children love to be read a story even if they are quite capable of reading the same book themselves. There is something soothing about a voice droning on and on. Do you remember feeling dozy in class on a hot afternoon while the teacher talked? You have the added benefit of calming your children as well as yourself.
Do some gardening. This can be a great source of enjoyment for many. Plants have healing powers so the plants you choose for your garden will be just the ones you need. If you find yourself getting rid of some plant from the garden you probably don't need it's healing power any more or choose not to deal with the problem that plant can help you with.