Beat Stress Without Losing Your Mind
Thanks to advancements in technology, improved civil rights, and disease prevention and cure, our lives should be happier, healthier and more fulfilling than ever before.
So why is it then that 48% of Americans report experiencing more stress than they did five years ago?
If you constantly feel overwhelmed and unable to cope with what life is throwing at you, you’re not getting the same quality of sleep you used to, or you experience physical tension much of the time, you’re not alone.
Chronic stress is potentially fatal. Diseases such cancer, heart disease, and cirrhosis of the liver, as well as respiratory disorders, accidental injuries, and suicide all share stress as a common denominator.
You can use this book to stop stress governing your life, and start living it the way you want to.
Have you ever noticed how anxiety is fueled by one simple question you keep asking yourself?
That question is… what if?
What if I drive my car on the highway and I have a panic attack?
What if faint in public, who will help me?
What if I get sick or lose my job?
What if my mind never stops racing with anxious thoughts?
If anxious ‘what if’s’ are not quickly defused, they tend to spiral out of control, leaping from one catastrophic thought to another. Before you know it these ‘what ifs’ have triggered a tidal wave of adrenaline and fear.
What if?…What if?…And then what if ?
You can’t stop these ‘what if’s’. They manifest outside your control. What you can control is how you respond to them.
This beautiful hard-cover edition of the Mindfulness in Plain English collection incorporates three works that provide a start-to-finish guide to Buddhist Meditation in a single book. Both a wonderful read and an impressive addition to your bookshelf.
This is the original best-seller by the Sri Lankan Theravada Buddhist monk Bhante Gunaratana. This edition was published in 2011. It has a 4.6 star rating on Amazon. Here is one review:
"Beautifully readable, down-to-earth, and full of wisdom without being esoteric and all mysterious. Tells mindfulness like it is, in all the ways it can work for you. The guy is legit (he sounds like a lovely American writer--no awkward English) and he's definitely an open-minded, non-sectarian Buddhist. Very useful, very helpful, very wise. - from a longtime explorer of Buddhist wisdom and many other spiritualities too, over 40 years.) This is the one you want (I've heard it recommended many times!)"
Woodworking Is a Great Stress Reliever
Woodworking is something that you can do as a hobby or as a small business. If you’re someone who enjoys creating things, woodworking may be right for you. This type of endeavor is good for lowering stress and even offers you some enjoyable exercise as a bonus.
There are many different reasons why people get involved with woodworking. One of them is that it’s a great stress reliever. It’s a perfect activity for those who are struggling with emotional upheaval, such as anxiety.
It can help people to be calm and focused. It’s also good for those who are struggling with depression. Woodworking keeps the mind and hands busy and this helps people not to dwell on the things that are negative that tend to make anxiety and depression worse.
The movements involved with woodworking help people to learn how to relax. Doing a movement over and over again is a great way to self-soothe.
It’s common knowledge that when you get physical, your body gives off natural painkillers by boosting the release of feel good chemical messengers in the brain. You get a boost of dopamine but you also get a dose of serotonin.
When you get this boost, you feel better and it enables you to combat the negative emotions you’re experiencing.