Submitted by: Jean Delatour, Edinboro University Student and Intern at Boro Women & Family Services
Stress. It happens to everyone. But the question is, how do we manage it?
The answer to that question determines whether you handle situations positively or
And yes, there is such a thing as positive stress. This type of stress, also known as eustress, helps keep you alert and motivates you to complete tasks such as homework or chores. Negative stress, or distress, is stress experienced over a period of time. For example, dealing with the loss of a loved one would be an example of distress. Distress can lead to headaches, upset stomach, and a rise in blood pressure.
There are many methods to handle stress. You are never too busy to clear your mind. One method to relieving stress is yoga. Yoga is exercise for the body as well as the mind. It isn’t just meant to help you stay flexible, although flexibility becomes more important as you get older. It helps you put your focus into something else physically as you “calm the storm” in your mind. A variation of this is Tai chi, which does not exercise flexibility as yoga does, but focuses on movement of the body and working to remove negative energy. After trying both of these techniques I can honestly say I became calmer and more relaxed.
Another method for stress relief is meditation. Unlike yoga and Tai chi, meditation requires you to be almost motionless. And no, it is not always how it looks on TV where someone is chanting or being vocal in some way, shape, or form. Meditation can be silent as well. Meditation is the action of clearing and calming your mind. So if you had a hard day at work, or there is someone or something that is bothering you, meditation helps you to keep from dwelling on it too much.
From my experience doing meditation with instructors, I was usually asked to focus on things in my immediate environment such as sounds, tastes, and objects I saw around me.
There are also apps for meditation as well. For instance, a friend of mine introduced me to this app called “Headspace”. This app has a voiceover of a traditional instructor, but instead of meeting with someone, you can do this on your own time. At first I was skeptical, but after trying it out with people from my Field Experience, I knew it was the real deal. I felt calm, relaxed, and energized. It was almost like I got a good night’s sleep.
This is why I say that you are never too busy to clear your mind. Because even some health practices that predate IPhones and computers can help benefit your health.
Last but not least, one of the best ways to relieve stress is to find a healthy social circle. This group of people will not only get your mind off of your life stressors, but they may even help you find the right solution to your problems. so the answer to your problems is not always going to be isolation.