Monday, June 24, 2013

How Stress Relief Tips Increase Anxiety by Billy Nafziger

The majority of stress relief tips lack substance and potency. Why is that? The disappointing reality is that most people lack the discipline to consistently perform these tips.
We are lazy. We do not focus. We have many distractions from family matters, business matters and social entanglements. Our lives become a never-ending "to do" list. A stress relieving exercise becomes another item on the list.
After a short time, we stop doing the exercises. Then subconsciously we start belittling ourselves. This self-criticism is what initially created the stress. As this cycle continues stress increases. Our life becomes a series of struggles.
We conclude that we need to give up doing stress relieving exercises.
That would be an error. The answer lies in doing specific exercises in a certain way. The outcome of this tactic should be involuntary relaxation of your muscles and brain. In doing these exercises, you must receive short-term and long-term benefits.
Short-term benefits would consist of relaxation, mental clarity, and a sense of relief and comfort. Long-term benefits would consist of inner strength, freedom from restrictive beliefs and profound confidence in your own abilities to deal with living.
Often stress relief tips tell you to relax, this boosts your stress level because it is so evident.
Of course we would relax if we knew how. Our thinking is saturated with the present situation and the thought of relaxing is ridiculous. What would drive us to change our situation if we would relax now? We think that we slack to much anyway. This isn't the right time to relax.
But as many researchers are finding out, our poor circumstances were created through decisions motivated by stressful thinking. We need inspired, creative thinking to change our life's position.
Again, we must find a specific exercise and do it a certain way.
As soon as we ridicule ourselves, our minds grow to be irritated and conflicted. So along with relaxing, we need to release unhelpful ideas regarding ourselves and replace them with self compassion. We need to give ourselves forgiveness and acceptance.
It's a common idea to look through the negative to the positive. Often, this leads to avoidance behaviors that do not serve us well. When we avoid our "stuff", the effect is always more stress.
One way to release the hold that the negative has on you, is to concentrate on the negative and the emotions that it produces until it naturally releases. Then adding a forgiving and compassionate series of thoughts will give you the stress relief for which you were looking.
The correct procedure for this to be effective will take some research and learning. Empty platitudes disguised as stress relief tips will be frustrating and stress building. Find a useful practice that can be done whenever your stress becomes uncomfortable.
Keep in mind that in this world you can depend on change. Situation evolve. Be prepared to help the circumstances change by using high-powered tools.
Laziness has now lost its hold and you are aligned with the capacity to overcome stress.

A Closer Look At Mental Health by Gen Wright

People are biological, social and psychological beings. All three aspects of people's lives need to be well taken care of, but unfortunately, it is the psychological or mental aspect that people tend to take for granted. Unlike physical needs that are more apparent, the things that make a person mentally healthy are not usually on top of people's concerns. This is quite ironic considering that poor mental health could actually cause a person to feel lazy even about the things that provide for his or her physical needs. Needless to say, mental health is also highly related to one's social health so that belonging to a beneficial mental health community becomes important to any individual.
The psychological aspect of a person reflects one's overall health and well-being. If one is mentally ill or unhealthy, the physical and social dimensions of one's life are also inevitably affected. It is necessary to care for one's mental health in order to live happy and fulfilling lives. As people are all exposed to daily stresses, challenges and problems brought about by work, relationships and various ways of living, it is indeed a challenge for everyone to promote a mentally healthy lifestyle, not merely as individuals but also as communities.
Among the many things that affect mental health, accidents, stress and traumatic experiences are those which cause people to be mentally unhealthy. People who are psychologically ill may sometimes take prescribed medicine for their treatment. However, everyone, whether diagnosed with a psychological illness or not, should help promote mental health by having a well-balanced life and a strong support system which may be realized by belonging to a mental health community that consists of families, friends, relatives and even neighbors who, by working together in certain activities would feel a sense of belongingness, responsibility, fulfillment and empowerment.
Mental health social networks are nonetheless useful in terms of helping one recover from mental disorders or illnesses and as well as helping an individual maintain psychologically healthy lifestyle. These networks are normally made up of people who at some point in their lives have also experienced some problems on their mental health, as well as some professionals who offer counseling and advice. A person that belongs to such a network becomes more informed by the exchange of ideas and experiences among members. It also serves as a channel for a person to express himself or herself to people who may be going through the same situation he or she is experiencing.
With the help of the internet, mental health social networks are no longer limited to people who live geographically close. Online communities and networking sites now offer help and support in the form of blogs, group emails and chat conversations for people who are interested in understanding themselves and their mental health better.
Just as anyone could have mental problems, anyone could also recover from a variety of mental illnesses. It is clear though that psychological or mental wellness is not something a person could achieve on his own, but rather something that a person could best achieve with the help of others.