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Ways to relieve your stress

We all have emotions, that is a given. As our day unfolds, we may experience a variety of emotions depending upon the people we interact with, the tasks we undertake, our communing and so on; all of which stimulate feelings which in turn result in emotions. What about relieving stress?

When driving to work and traffic is heavy, do you find yourself tense and anxious? If you get cut off or a driver won’t let you over when you need to change lanes, do you become enraged? At work, are your coworkers chronically complaining about their families or health issues? All of these situations add stress, anxiety and a general feeling of negativity to your life. Not a very pleasant picture. Do this on a daily basis and it is no wonder you begin to have aches, pains, stiffness, stomach trouble, etc. All related to some form of emotional stress.

Fortunately, there are alternatives; there is a bright and shiny light at the end of the tunnel.

First, let’s take a look at what goes on in our body when we react to various emotions. We know that our body is designed to protect us when in danger and this is a good thing. This is called the fight or flight syndrome and during this type of situation our body releases certain chemicals that causes our body to shut down certain systems and put other systems into overdrive. This served us quite well during the cave man days when threatened by beasts. It also comes in handy if we are threatened by a mugger or other such incident. But it also comes into play when our brain receives signals from out body through our emotions that relay heightened states of duress or stress which releases a chemical called cortisol.

During these times of stress, the

ongoing release of cortisol stops the healing process and actually causes damage to the immune system. So, when you find yourself feeling anxious or stressed, you have higher levels of cortisol running amuck in your body which causes degenerative changes. It suppresses your immune system and over long periods of time can lead to other process such as disease.

Our genes determine our physical characteristics but not our psychological characteristics. We can exert a tremendous amount of control over our genes actually changing the quality of

our life simply by taking control of our emotions. Our genes can be activated through stimulation from our environment – both the outer environment in which we live, work and play as well as our internal, biological environment.

The outer environment consists of our family, business, social networks, foods, toxins, church, parks, etc. The inner environment consists of our thoughts and beliefs, emotions, biochemical, energetic and spiritual components.

Our thoughts and emotions affect our genes everyday every bit as much as the environment we live in. Your beliefs become biology!

By changing your beliefs, intentions, spiritual practice, prayer, you can change the quality of your life. Whether you choose meditation, yoga, EFT, or some other type of energy technique to assist you, knowing that you can take control over your emotions will make a difference in the quality of your life.

•Dr. Adrian Daisley is a Certified Life Coach, Business Consultant/ Marketing, Founder of Think and Prosper

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