How to Beat Stress Naturally

by Dahn Yoga

Stress is pretty much a constant in today's world. Most jobs involve heavy workloads, families are busier than ever and the demands of modern living seem to provide little opportunity for relaxation. All of this can lead to out of control stress levels that leave individuals feeling run down and unhappy.

However, there are steps you can take to prevent stress from overtaking your entire life. Just spending a few minutes each day on relaxing activities or making minor lifestyle changes may be all it takes to banish stress and eliminate anxiety.

One of the most proven methods for reducing stress is meditation. This ancient practice has been used for centuries as a way to focus thoughts on the present and eliminate negativity from the mind. It works by training the mind to focus solely on the present. When a person is able to achieve this state of mind, they are less likely to worry about the future, which, after all, is the main cause of stress.

The best thing about meditation is that it can be practiced just about anywhere, requires no special equipment and can be completed in just minutes. All you need to do is find a relatively quiet place, close your eyes and focus on your breathing for a few minutes. While you do this, try to avoid thinking about your troubles. Just let the mind naturally clear itself while devote your entire attention to your breathing.

You can do this at your cubicle, in your bedroom or just about any place where you find yourself with a few spare minutes. Longer meditation sessions are preferable, but even just a few minutes of clear thoughts may be sufficient for limiting stress.

Yoga is another powerful stress-reliever. This practice is very similar to meditation in that it trains the mind to focus on the present. The difference is that it combines the mental benefits of a clear mind with the physical benefits of exercise.

In yoga, a practitioner is trained to focus on the sensation of their muscles as they go through positions. Much like training attention on breathing during meditation, this process helps to focus the mind on the present. Once you stop obsessing over your future worries, you may start feeling significantly less stressed.

You shouldn't overlook the importance of proper nutrition when you are trying to beat stress. Unhealthy eating is a very common response to feelings of anxiety. However, this only makes the problem worse. A donut or cookie may seem like just the thing your body is calling for when you feel stressed, but these things are more likely to contribute to your problems.

A high-fat diet has been shown to stimulate inflammation in the body, much in the same way that stress does. By eating unhealthy foods you are only compounding this problem. Furthermore, other popular substances among stressed out people, such as caffeine, may excite the nervous system. This can make a person feel positive at first, but after a while it exacerbates feelings of stress. 

Dahn Yoga is one of the largest yoga and tai chi companies in the world with its own unique style and brand of yoga. Dahn Yoga is rooted in the rich history of an ancient Asian mind-body practice, Sun Do, and in the wisdom of the Chun Bu Kyung.

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Apr 16, 2012
The Meditation Wave
by: Mariette Jansen

Hi, I am all in for stress free living, hence my blog
Recently, I started The Meditation Wave, teaching people via email how to meditate just one minute at the time. It is free to join because I am collecting data for a research project. 5x a day, a 1 minute meditation will reduce stress levels and increase productivity and happiness! Read more and spread to word:

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