According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, stress is a feeling of emotional or physical tension. It is how your body reacts to any challenge or demand. Thoughts, events, or feelings of frustration, anger, or nervousness can result in stress. When your body experiences stress, it releases hormones to make your brain more alert, muscles tense, and pulse increase.
Some health problems associated with chronic stress include:
● High blood pressure ● Heart disease ● Diabetes ● Obesity ● Depression or anxiety
The 1 Secret to be Stress-Free: Live In The Present Moment
Now that you know the dangers of stress, you may be thinking of ways to alleviate any chronic or unneeded stress from your life. In short, the 1 secret to being stress-free is to live in the present moment.
When you live in the present moment, you let go of both the past and future to instead live your life with your body, feelings, and immediate situation joined as one. The benefit of living in the present is that you focus on what you can control and let go of things that are out of control.
You might be thinking, “Who doesn’t live in the present moment?” and brush off this advice. But the truth of the matter is that very few people intentionally live in the present.
Let us try a short exercise. I want you to close your eyes and think about everything that you have done today. Especially take note of all the times that you lived in either the past or the future.
Common examples of living outside the present include worrying about tomorrow’s busy schedule, allowing past relationship mistakes to dictate resent relationships, or staying glued to your phone in social situations. My guess is that a lot of your day was spent worrying about the past or the future. If this sounds like you, then it is time to start living in the present more.
Of course, thinking about your future and reflecting on your past are both good things. In fact, thinking about your past and future helps you to grow and create the life you want. But it is important that you use the past and future to create a present that makes you happy and fulfilled.
Start harnessing your energy towards the ability to live in the present moment. Allow yourself to feel emotions as they come and focus on the tasks that are directly in front of you. As you do this, you will see much of your stress melt away, helping you to live a stress-free life.
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