How to destress your stress is what I would like to blog about this day.
Hello my dear reader...
This is an older post from February 2015 that I came across and decided to edit and repost.
Forgive me for not blogging the last two months. I've been in training. Spiritual training that is.
I've been reading up on and researching the science of God, which is basically scientists explaining God, and I have been doing spiritual experiments that have shown me I am but learning to crawl in my spirituality.
Might sound crazy but, I have had more dreams, guidance, and inspiration than I ever have. At this particular time, because I am so infantile in my learning, I am not necessarily ready to report and share with the world quite yet.
Therefore, I am not certain what to write about. Nevertheless, I've been searching my mind, and reading my old posts in search of direction to give to anyone seeking it.
I do not want to boast, I do, however, want you to know that I have over one hundred readers a day, and with that I want to be here for anyone who needs it.
We all are brothers and sisters in this world. I believe that with all my heart and soul. We are our Heavenly Father's spiritual children, and our purpose, whether we know it or not, is to help and lift one another. That is the fruit of the spirit, and who we really are.
With that said...
Here is the post...
Are you enjoying life?
Are you having a good time?
Are you having a hard time?
Are you having a hard time financially?
Are you having a hard time emotionally?
Are you having a hard time enjoying life?
Are you having a hard time sleeping?
Are you having a hard time with your relationships?
What if I told you that when we are having a hard time doing anything, we are stressed?
What if I told you that I could point you in the direction of relieving stressful times?
What if I told you that if you did this one particular thing everyday it would destress your stress, would you do it?
What have you got to lose?
The only thing you have to lose is your stress!
Stress is strain, and strain comes when we are having a hard time whether it be financial, emotional, sleep, or with our relationships.
The purpose of life is to get better and better so that we may have happiness, joy, and vitality.
Do you feel like you are getting better and better at life?
If you are getting better and better then you are aware of how to do it and you are taking the steps to get there.
You might be saying, "Elizabeth! I know how to get better and better but my circumstances are preventing me! I have people around me that are making things difficult. My responsibilities at home are just too overwhelming, and I never have enough money to pay my bills, let alone to do something I enjoy."
Trust me, I totally get what you are saying!
Devastation and difficult times can be super tough. I get it, believe me!
When I was a young single Mother, I had to work full-time, pay the rent and eventually the mortgage, make sure there was food on the table, and I had to be certain my son was not neglected so that it would be easier for him to live his potential, all the while attending college and doing homework.
Kid you not, I probably didn't get a full night of sleep for about five years straight from the time my son was eight years old until he was thirteen. That, my friend was not easy. I was so stressed out, I had anxiety attacks, I cried myself to sleep when I did get sleep, and I felt all alone, I mean really alone.
To top it off, work was so very hard for me. I was a female EMT among mostly men and I had a very horrible reputation because of the struggles I had with certain individuals at work.
This girl was mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually exhausted.
Thank goodness my undergraduate degree was in Behavioral Science, and so I began to observe my own behaviors from my beliefs, and this is what I found...
I was allowing society to not only teach me how to be angry, anxious, and depressed, I allowed it to enable me to be.
Nearly everywhere I turned, people were getting angry, they were anxious, and they had depression because it was more and more the normal thing to do.
Another thing was the TV, especially movies and sitcoms, the glorifying of drama, including irritability, lack of impulse control, and moodiness. It's simply conditioning called entertainment.
This daily, and weekly observation of behavior and entertainment became 'normal' to me, it crept into my subconscious mind, and then I was living by habits of default, which is basically being on auto pilot.
When I was living by the auto pilot of my mind, I was giving up my free agency because I was acting by stressful habit rather than thinking before behaving.
Do you believe you think before you react via habit?
Let's examine this.
If we think, rather than react by habit, then we must think thoughts of faith, hope, and charity. This way of thinking happens to be the pure love of Christ, who was the only perfect person that has ever lived. If we are Christian, we are behaving what we believe, are we not? If we aren't it may be because we are not thinking before we react.
The opposite of faith, hope, and charity is fear, hopelessness, and selfishness.
Thoughts of fear create feelings of fear, which is where anxiety comes from.
Thoughts of hopelessness create feelings of hopelessness, and that is where depression comes from.
If we really think before we act we know that thoughts of faith, hope, and charity create happiness, energy, and vitality, and that is what we want right? So if that's what we want, we could intentionally think in a way that creates it.
If we are feeling stressed, i.e., anxiety, and/or depression, it could be we are reacting from a habitual place of the subconscious mind.
What do you think about that? Have you ever considered that?
Better yet, have you ever thought about how to overcome the habitual, subconscious mind?
Please let me tell you about the one thing I was talking about earlier that will point an individual in the direction of relieving trying times.
One thing that can help nearly anyone destress is the conscious choosing of thoughts towards faith, hope, and charity, which will create feelings of faith, hope, and charity.
Why would anyone want to choose conscious thoughts of faith, hope, and charity?
The reason I choose conscious thoughts of faith, hope, and charity is not only because it gives me happiness, energy, and vitality, but it also gives me calm, confidence, and certainty in life, others, and myself. This is a way of choosing my thoughts and making them into habits. This is leveraging the subconscious mind in my favor by desire.
Pretty cool eh?
Have you considered that for yourself?
Wouldn't you enjoy that?
Yes? Awesome! Let me tell you how you can obtain it.
You do it by a simple Meditation, and it only takes five minutes a day.
It's a five minute meditation that helps an individual practice using their conscious mind, and practice makes nearly perfect.
This is the most effective procedure I have seen.
This Meditation Practice will help an individual evolve the anxious, racing, and worrisome mind into a calm, confident, and quiet mind. I know this is so.
Practice makes nearly perfect; you know that, and I know that because it is a big part of the science of behavior.
If you have been angry, anxious, or depressed for a long time, especially since childhood, it is very possible that you are nearly perfect at it. The only way to replace this negative emotion is to practice the opposite, and we can do that with Meditation.
Try it! Matter of fact, dedicate yourself to it, and just watch yourself teeter into the feelings of security, which is the opposite of feeling stressed.
I have witnessed many people who have come out of despair through meditation. Much of these individuals continue to meditate years later, which I happen to be one of. I shall never stop meditating because I know it gives me the practice of inner peace, which leads to considerable self-control.
This is the way to destress your stress and to help ease and prevent the effects of crisis, despair, and/or devastation.
This is also a way to reduce moderate to mild stress, as well as major chronic stress.
Edit to post (March 2021)...
Another way of meditating is conscious concentration and contemplation of a phrase or a word. We are concentrating, contemplating beings, and if we choose our focus consciously, I know, we can evolve the doubt, fear, and worry of anything into the faith, hope, and charity for ourselves, and others.
If one could, and would keep the words faith, hope, and charity intentionally at the forefront of his or her mind, thoughts to destress ensue. Try it, for at least four days, and see how it can destress your stress. And if you are brave enough, make it a commitment to do it for thirty days.
Consider doing both meditations given above. Practicing calm quiet by listening to the video, and intentional contemplation of the words faith, hope, and charity. This application can cultivate great confidence and faith, which will assist in prevention, as well as, releasing stress.
Please understand that I understand the repetition of exercises, phrases, and words in my blog posts. Also, please consider the great part of reconditioning, and relearning is repetition. Repetition is the great law of learning. In this great law of learning, in my humble opinion, is a significant way to relieve strain, stress, and misery, which is basically destressing yourself.
Never beat yourself up!
Never give up!
This is enduring to the end in creating a spiritual life of energy, joy, and vitality. You cannot go wrong in this way.
This is spiritual research via experiments.
Take good care...