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How to reduce stress?

By Melanie Taylor | Spirituality

Jun 01

Average Reading Time: 3 minutes and 42 seconds

What is stress?

We all talk about stress, but we are not always clear about what it is. This is because stress comes from both the good and the bad things that happen to us. If we did not feel any stress, we would not be alive! Stress becomes a problem when we are not sure how to handle an event or a situation. Then worry sets in, and we feel “stressed.”

Stress symptoms can affect your body, your thoughts and feelings, and your behavior. Being able to recognize common stress symptoms can give you a jump on managing them. Stress that’s left unchecked can contribute to many health problems, such as high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity and diabetes.

Cortisol has been shown to damage and kill cells in the hippocampus (the brain area responsible for your episodic memory), and there is robust evidence that chronic stress causes premature brain aging. Without cortisol you would die – but too much of it is not a good thing.

How Mindfulness can help

Let's start with why mindfulness can help you. How much time do you spend remembering things that have happened in the past or thinking about things that are going to happen in the future? Versus what is happening now – the present moment?

Mindfulness is seeing things more clearly, and paying attention moment to moment to moment. When you are mindful, you notice what is happening—as it is happens. This creates a space, a pause in which you can respond considerately to situations, rather than react. Creative possibilities open up; new ways of being with life’s challenges can present themselves.

Mindfulness is the awareness that arises when paying attention to the present moment, with non-judgment.

Today, there is a growing interest, in, and research corroborates the benefits of, mindfulness training. The new breakthroughs in neuroscience show that by practicing mindfulness, the brain can be shaped for greater happiness, love, wisdom and greater emotional balance in turbulent times, as well as healthier relationships, more effective actions, and greater peace of mind.

How we can help

Our sessions are based on the principles of the MBSR workshop at SoundsTrue. It was created in alignment with Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn at the Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of Massachusetts Medical School from 1979.

“The present is the only time that any of us have to be alive – to know anything – to perceive – to learn – to act – to change – to heal.”

~ Dr. Kabat-Zinn

By Melanie Taylor, Guest Blogger for the BodyMind Institute 

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About the Author

A wife, mother, friend, volunteer and Life and Wellness Coach, Melanie is originally from Cranbrook, BC. She has lived in many places around the world before moving to Airdrie, AB in 2005 with her husband and children. Her core value is being in service to others. She brings this to life with three simple things: be honest, be generous and be kind. She believes in the power of balancing the mind, body and soul to live an authentic life of wellness. Empowering her clients to find their own wellness is her number one goal. Melanie's professional background includes 25+ years in corporate business. Throughout her career as a corporate trainer and coach, Melanie focused on training, development, and coaching a diverse demographic of individuals to support their career development and personal growth. Melanie found more and more that stress and wellness was holding people back from their potential. She trained in Integrated Health Coaching, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, Coaching Grow Model and Situational Leadership. She continues to attends training workshops on a wide variety of topics, such as emotional intelligence, building community impact, personal wellness, and wellness in the workplace to keep the learning alive and provide her clients with a strong tool kit. Melanie chose to become a member of the International Coach Federation (ICF) because of their aligned commitment to maintaining and promoting excellence in coaching. ICF expects all members and credentialed coaches to adhere to the elements and principles of ethical conduct: to be competent and integrate ICF Core Competencies effectively in their work. Find Melanie online: lifeofwellness.ca/

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