Stress, which negatively affects daily life, is the inability of a person to cope physically and emotionally with any threat they perceive. In case of stress, which can also be defined as the defense mechanism of the person, the nervous system secretes stress hormone. Due to this hormone, blood pressure rises, the senses become sharper and the muscles tighten. Thus, physical strength and endurance increases. The power to focus on the problem increases, the reactions are accelerated. This situation, which allows the person to protect himself from dangers, is positive. However, if the person overreacts to insignificant situations such as traffic jams and bills of daily life, this is a serious problem and causes negative emotions such as depression, anger and insecurity.
Meditate to deal with stress
Under stress, the body defends itself to protect itself and its normal functioning is impaired. During periods of intense stress, the nervous system causes the muscles to contract. With a meditation program that includes rest and relaxation movements, both physical and mental relaxation can be achieved. You can meditate during the day by setting aside 5-10 minutes for yourself. Sit in a quiet place, close your eyes and just try breathing. After breathing in and out for a while, count to 20 and exhale an odd number of breaths every single number of breaths. You can also listen to relaxing music during meditation. Relaxing and getting rid of any negative thoughts for a short time can help you be more energetic and happy for the rest of the day. If you don’t have time problems, you can take a healthy step to deal with stress by joining a meditation program.
Benefits of meditation
Meditation, which is a mental exercise originating from the Far East, is quite simple, but has the power to make significant physical and spiritual changes. Regular meditation;
• By regulating brain functions, it reduces the anxiety and stress level of the person. A decrease is observed in the aging effects that develop depending on stress.
• It helps to increase the level of happiness. It enables the left lobe of the brain, which is defined as the energetic, enthusiastic and positive side, to work more actively.
• It increases the learning ability of the person and strengthens the memory.
• It allows the whole body to relax and when the muscles relax, a substance called nitric oxide is secreted from the cells and the blood vessels become more open. This reduces the risk of heart attack and reduces blood pressure.
• It reduces the feeling of loneliness by helping to increase self-awareness. It supports the development of creativity and problem solving ability and increases positive thinking power.
Other ways to deal with stress
Stress is one of the biggest problems of modern life. At times it can be impossible to deal with stress. It is important for the person to learn to cope with stress in order not to face the ailments caused by stress.
• A stress diary can be kept to identify situations that cause stress. With this diary, the stresses experienced regularly and the way of dealing with them can be defined. The causes of stress can be uncovered by logging the situations that cause stress, the physical and emotional changes experienced under stress, and how the person behaves in response to these changes and what they do to feel good
• Knowing personal boundaries and not more than situations that cannot be overcome in life should not be burdened. In addition, people who cause stress should be avoided and situations that cause anxiety should be eliminated.
• Changing the way one communicates and works in daily life can help prevent stress. The person should clearly and precisely express their feelings about the person or situation that is bothering them and be willing to compromise. A balanced lifestyle program that devotes time to social activities and entertainment is also important.
• If the factors that cause stress cannot be prevented or changed, the person must change himself. The person should learn to adapt to stressful situations and know how to change their expectations and attitudes. That way, he can regain control of his life.
• Some stress situations are inevitable. The loss of a loved one, serious illness, or national trauma are sources of stress that cannot be avoided. In such situations, the best way to deal with stress is to accept the situation. Setting aside anger and resentment, forgiving, sharing problems with a trusted friend or expert therapist can help manage stress.