Greg Elsey Meditation

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It is a very different world at present

A lot has changed over the last month or so. It is a very different world. With change comes stress and anxiety about the future. It is a time of uncertainty for a lot of people.

I don't know about you, but I see a lot of people struggling with what is happening in their lives right now. Being isolated also creates challenges. Work has changed, or maybe even stopped. Home life is more challenging, perhaps with children being home schooled.

You may have little stress, or a lot of stress at the moment. Are your stress levels interfering with your daily life? I know at times it has interfered with my life.

Learning strategies for managing stress, tools to help you be calm, and to respond rather than react. These are all outcomes I can help you with.

I have spent a large part of my career in the corporate world, and am very familiar with stress, and know the impact it can have on both your physical and mental health. I wish I knew then what I know now. Stress would not have had the impact it did.

If you would like help with managing the stress in your life, call me now, or click on the contact Greg link.

What impact does stress have on you, and how do you manage it?

Stress can have a huge impact on your health and wellbeing. Are you feeling overwhelmed, worrying about the future, and not being effective in what you are doing? Read on.

Stress is defined as any environmental conditions that require behavioural adjustment. Stress is inevitable, and a normal part of life.

A little stress is good for you, it helps performance. Once stress increases to a level, fatigue sets in, then exhaustion, Illness and breakdown. Too little stress and you get bored.

Stress provides feedback. Stress is a physical expression of our “Fight or Flight” survival mechanism. A perceived threat will trigger a stress response in our body, which prepares us to confront or flee a potential danger. This helps for immediate danger, but unfortunately the stress response is also triggered by tense situations where physical action is not an option.

In today’s fast paced life, we are continually receiving signals that trigger our stress response.

Potential stress triggers include relationship breakdowns, financial problems, health concerns, caring for a newborn baby, traumatic events.

The stress response triggers changes in your body:

  • Blood sugar levels rise
  • Additional red blood cells are released to carry extra oxygen
  • Peripheral blood vessels constrict
  • Heart rate increases
  • Blood pressure rises
  • Digestion slows down and stops

Stress causes chemical changes in the body that can have negative effects on both mental and physical health if the stress response continues. Chronis stress occurs when the stress response keeps the body on alert continuously.

Stress can be reduced by a number of methods. If possible.

  • You can eliminate the trigger.
  • Exercise helps, including yoga, tai chi, qi gong, walking, running, and swimming.
  • Getting professional support such as your GP, a counsellor, or therapist.
  • Elicit the Relaxation Response can reverse the Stress Response. The Relaxation Response can be elicited through meditation.

If you would like to learn how to reduce and manage stress, join my meditation group, or come along to one of my workshops.

Meditation for Stress Relief

What is stress?

  • According to Davidji (who’s worked closely with Deepak Chopra), stress is: how we respond when our needs are not met
  • And I’d just like to repeat that – it’s a description I’d not heard before, and I read it a few times when I first saw it…
  • Stress is how we respond when our needs are not met
  • And what I also find interesting is that sometimes we don’t even understand what those needs are - so we can be stressed and don’t know why
  • Is this why things stress us out? Because we don’t know exactly what our need is?
  • I find this explanation quite empowering as if we can determine what our needs are – become aware of them, then we have more of a chance of doing something about it

How can meditation help?

  • Many people turn to meditation because of stress
  • And it’s becoming more commonplace this day for doctors to recommend it

But how does it help?

  • Meditation can combat stress by tapping into the relaxation response which is a focused, alert yet relaxed, state of mind
  • By focusing the mind, letting the stress fall away for even just a few moments, we can allow our stress combative healing systems to kick in, and allow them to do their work

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