Having yourself bottling stress over months and years can slow you down. You feel bogged by an invisible weight that is on your shoulders. People are stressed over many things- right from the promotion at work or by the upcoming university examinations. Short-term stress actually does wonders for you, and you are at the best of your game- this stress is good stress. The long- term or chronic stress is what is bad, and can have profound effects on your body.
Here are some of the effects that chronic stress will have on you:
- Increases the risk of depression
- Affects the immune system- you take longer to recover from ailments
- Increases your blood pressure and also the risk of hypertension
- Increases the strain on the heart and the rest of the cardiovascular system
- Causes you to age faster. Quality of skin and hair depreciate faster- you look older.
- Can lead to premature death
Stress is often termed as a silent killer for a reason. If you choose to do nothing, then the stress will eventually engulf you and chew you whole.
However, there are ways in which you can release the pressure within your mind and open up. One of the most effective ways of doing that is by performing mindfulness techniques.
What Is Mindfulness? How Do You Start To Do Mindfulness?
To be mindful- this about sums up what this technique involves doing. It is to take the conscious effort into noticing every little action and detail, via your 5 senses- smell, sight, hearing, touch and taste.
If you are planning to brew some tea, then pay careful attention to the clinkering of the vessels as you place it atop the stove. Hear the clicking of the burner as it flickers to life. Take note of the water being poured into vessel, and watch as the air bubbles surface and the water begins to boil. Smell the aroma of the tea leaves as you measure them into spoons and toss them into the boiling water. Watch as the colour of the mix changes to a brownish hue…
You can attempt to perform mindfulness anytime and anywhere. You needn’t always have a kettle on the stove. You can close your eyes and concentrate on the chirping of the birds in the distance, or hear the rumble of the car as you are sitting in the backseat.
The benefits of mindfulness include essentially an outlet for your stress to decimate and vaporise. You will feel relaxed and pulled away from your worries. Over time you will begin to dwell deeper and you will be able to mitigate the stress.