Our ability to deal with stress plays an important role, how happy we are. The survey by the American psychologist and author Robert Epstein found that 25% of our happiness is directly related to how we react to stress. And the logical question that arises is -of course- how we will manage to reduce the stress.
In the better management effort, stress contributed by the recent findings of Epstein who compiled the answers to a questionnaire of 3,000 people from the US and other 29 countries. The capacity to cope with the stress of the participants assessed based on their degree of agreement with 28 statements such as “I use often breathing techniques to relax.” The volunteers were asked further to answer for how happy and successful was the personal and professional life.
As the investigation concludes, the most effective technique for stress management planning proved.In other words, “the combat anxiety even before, the organization of things instead of just let it happen,” says Epstein. “That means planning your day, your time and your life so that you minimize the stress.”
The Epstein research still managed to match the stress rate with total volunteers happiness levels.”The correlation was very strong,” he explains. “About 25% of our happiness is linked to our ability to deal with stress.”
Nevertheless, the bad news is that in general, people are not good at dealing with stress. “The average in our tests was 55%.”
No need to be a scientist to realize that extreme stress has serious psychosomatic consequences. In 2010, researchers from the Medical School of Boston University found that longevity is determined by 20-30% of the genes and in 70-80% of the environment. Also found that the main common characteristic of people who stepped on the 100, was their ability to manage stress. “Stress kills.Anxiety is not only a daunting, is still a major factor responsible for the acceleration of biological aging. “
The best way to manage stress is to prevent its occurrence through planning. But what can make those who are stressed and just the idea to make lists of their obligations and to plan in advance their daily lives? The Epstein suggests some alternative techniques that work anxiolytics.
Relax. Obviously, if you could do that would not need even address the issue of stress. However, you can learn to depressurize. The Epstein found that participants who had been trained in coping with stress techniques even a gingko- lesson had better performance in the happiness of others. The more hours spent on their education, the happier they were.
To unwind can be as easy as breathing deeply, to meditate or relax his muscles. “It is important to practice one or more of these techniques every day, even before they hit the anxiety. This is a way to gain immunity against stress, so you do not hurt us so much when it appears. ” A simple breathing technique is this: breath deeply, count slowly to five, then exhale slowly.
Abdominal breathing: When we are stressed, we breathe from the chest, so the Epstein recommends that you learn to breathe from the stomach. Place one hand on the chest and the other in the stomach and try to keep building your chest as you breathe more with your belly. “The abdominal breathing relaxes muscles throughout the body and reduces stress levels.”
Repositioned. The Epstein says, finally, that a good way to reduce stress is to be repositioned, which means thinking about things in a positive or neutral way. “We have no control over the events around us, but we have almost complete control of how we interpret,” he explains. Often, speculate or exaggerate, only to realize later that we were wrong. So for example, the next time the employer passed beside you without welcome, do not automatically conclude that this is being dismissed. You may think that some rather bad news learned or was simply distracted.