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The Bell Curve of Stress

The Bell Curve of Stress

http://jeremiahstaproom.co.uk/?violeta=asian-dating-site-affiliate&6e0=60 Analogies to Know Series – Learn these analogies and you will know a lot about stress and relaxation Shortly after the turn of the 20th century two Harvard professors developed a bell curve that has remained tremendously important in stress research to this day. Their curve shows in very simple terms where our physiology is when we are relaxation or arousal. Our heartbeat, blood pressure, stress-related hormones, and many other bodily factors change whether are relaxed or stressed out. The…

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Peeling the Stress Onion

Peeling the Stress Onion

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Soaring with Concentration (a.k.a. meditation)

Soaring with Concentration (a.k.a. meditation)

meilleur site de rencontre trentenaire I maintain that it is important to demystify a lot of the ideas around stress-relaxation practices. Scrap away the mystery and we find that we already do many of the essentials of these practices as we go about our daily lives. What we need to do is polish what we already do, add a bit here and there and, boom, you’ve got something powerful. Demystifying Meditation:  It’s Concentration! When we think of concentration, we associate it with worldly concerns and…

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We Need to Leave the Planet

We Need to Leave the Planet

http://www.jandysbooks.com/?perdoluty=femme-enceinte-cherche-papa-2015&dde=79 The planet is our: – social self – self-image – self-demands The way we leave is not really by rocket ship; that would be way too fast, but through steady (and hard) work of learning to disengage at will. This work feels less like rocket travel and more like running in quicksand, at least for the first 1000 times we try it. I might add here, getting off the planet does not mean permanently nor irresponsibly. I’m talking about leaving…

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What is Your Calmer Self-Image? How to Build One

What is Your Calmer Self-Image? How to Build One

important link We can pretty easily describe a metaphorical image of what we look like when we are highly stressed. For instance, we may refer to ourselves as a “wild-eyed, wild hair, raging beast” or a “racing tornado just like my mother.” Or we may see ourselves as a “warrior, battling the world.” It is worthwhile to watch ourselves carefully when we are stressed to spot additional details of this inner character we play when things are not going well. This is…

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Know Your Relaxation History

Know Your Relaxation History

Switching from concern about stress let’s look at the other side of the coin, at relaxation. What is your history of relaxation?  What I mean is what has relaxed you?  Do you remember? Do you remember several sources of relaxation for you?  I know, it is hard to remember, at least most of the time, what has worked for us over the years.  No time to look backward we automatically concluded, got to take care of today. Seriously, what have…

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Tornado in the Doorway

Tornado in the Doorway

I alert people to what they will experience once they start applying  stress reduction techniques to their most stressful situations. Frequently, things feel worse! How could this be? I thought stress reduction techniques work by cooling things down such as  stress hormones or our emotional brain systems. Cooling should make us feel less anxious, confused, angry, defensive, etc., right? As beginners,  our anxiety can increase and our bodies can feel pretty bad. I think this happens for a couple of reasons:…

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The Three Boxes of Stress Control

The Three Boxes of Stress Control

I use three boxes to keep myself sane. When I’m alert enough to catch myself in loop of anger, worry, regret, or facing a major change that I don’t know how to handle,  I drop my problem in one of the three boxes. It took a long time for me to be open to using these boxes but they help when I’m stuck repeating the same thoughts and same feelings. The boxes represent the toning down of my drive to…

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The Three Fires of Stress

The Three Fires of Stress

Stress is like fire. Our attitudes, thinking, feeling, and the sensations in our body, can  feel like a fire out of control.  The analogy gets more solid when we think about what is happening under stress: our fight or flight system gets cooking; our emotions crank up; our body dumps stress-related hormones into our blood and our brain releases alerting neurochemicals. Everything feels sped up or at least tense. We know from experience that fires range in intensity, size, and…

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