What is Stress and How Can It Be Effectively Managed?

For decades, researchers worldwide have argued that what occurs in the mind has an effect on the body. Negative thoughts and attitudes contribute to our sense of depression: our heads droop, our shoulders sag, and our breathing becomes shallow. Indeed, it has been clearly demonstrated that negative thoughts initiate a series of physio-biological responses that are specifically tailored to make us feel this way.

On the other side, positive ideas and attitudes make us feel good: our heads are held high, we gaze up, stand straighter, and breathe more deeply and fully.

As you can see, our emotional condition has a direct effect on our physical health. However, consider this: a new study indicates that the body is also capable of influencing the mind. The way you carry yourself, the way you walk, the way you speak, and the way you present your physical self all have a significant impact on your attitude and mind. If you consistently stand straight, chest out, and breathe deeply, you will most likely convey a good perspective. If, on the other hand, your shoulders are down and your back is hunched, you are most likely going through a pretty uninteresting phase.

A fascinating and possibly quite effective corollary to this is that we may exert control over our emotions through our physical movements and postures. Thus, if we wish to feel better or more optimistic, all we need to do is alter our body position. Though it varies somewhat from person to person, the general components of a good attitude of mind are rather consistent: Head held high, shoulders drawn back, deep breathing, chest held out, and of course, the all-important SMILE. Motion generates emotion, as Anthony Robbins puts it. Our movement patterns vary, as do our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. From the smallest movement of a face muscle to a strenuous workout, our emotions may be influenced.

Even the simple act of smiling may have a profound effect on your state of mind. Extensive study in this field demonstrates that smiling initiates a biochemical response that affects every area of the body. It has a stimulating effect on the heart and lungs. It enhances blood and oxygen flow to the brain. The excretory organs of the body work more efficiently, ridding the body of hazardous pollutants. Consider how a seemingly innocuous deed might have such far-reaching repercussions. Indeed, many experts believe that fifteen minutes of lighter laughing on a regular basis can add roughly five to ten years to your life.

The idea is that nothing occurs randomly. Each of us was formed in a highly scientific method. Each motion, each moment in the body serves a purpose; some serve to make us miserable, doubt our skills, and lament our good fortune; others serve to make us feel wonderful, hopeful, and optimistic about life. We must select the ones we wish.

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