Stress is what you feel when you have to handle more than you are used to.
When you are stressed, your body responds as though you are in danger. It makes hormones that speed up your heart, make you breathe faster, and give you a burst of energy – called the “fight-or-flight” stress response.
In sophrology we understand that managing stress is key to good health and overall wellbeing.
Sophrology is a training programme consisting of practices aimed at improving mind focus leading to improved health and well-being known as Sophrology Training.
There are three fundamental principles in sophrology
- To bring the person into present time, the HERE and NOW
- To reinforce positive action, in order to develop the positive elements of the present, the future and the past rather than focusing on the negative
- To develop objective reality, to learn how to see things as if it is ‘the first time.’
Some stress is normal and sometimes useful. Stress can help if you need to work hard or react quickly. But if stress happens too often or lasts too long, it can have bad effects and can be linked to bad eating habits, headaches, upset stomach, back pain, trouble sleeping and It can weaken your immune system , making it harder to fight off disease.
Keeping stress under control with these stress relief practices will help you stay healthy, happy and ready for life’s small challenges…
The way you breathe is a good way to relax, reduce tension, and relieve stress which directly affects your whole body, this is because when you breathe deeply it sends a message to your brain to calm down and relax. The brain then sends this message to your body.
The movements that are beneficial for stress relief are not strenuous or complex, because the ultimate purpose of movement for stress relief is to help bring mindfulness to the present moment. Focusing on something other than stress works in conjunction with the feel-good serotonin and endorphins released with the body’s movement.
3. Positive mind-set
Maintaining a healthy, positive mind-set when undergoing stress means having less emotional reactivity and more stability of mind. Having stability of mind makes you able to cope better with the experience of stress and all it involves by not overreacting emotionally.
Negative thought patterns and emotional stress can lead to psychosomatic illness, a condition that’s caused at least in part by stress, but has physical symptoms that need to be treated as any other illness does.
Getting enough sleep can help to reduce your stress levels and as such is essential for better stress management. By getting your stress under control, you’ll find that it’s easier for your mind and body to relax.
If Stress becomes continuous, it stops being helpful and starts causing negative effects on your health, your mood, your productivity, your relationships, and your quality of life.
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