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Stress: What Is the “Best” Way to Deal With It?


<p>No matter what the niche or what definition may mean, everyone defines &ldquo;best&rdquo; to mean something different from those around them.&nbsp; While it can often open up debates and arguments to its use, reality is that individuality of &ldquo;best&rdquo; is precisely why this is the best word to use when looking at dealing with something as common as stress.&nbsp; Proper management and long-term success is based on each person&rsquo;s needs.</p> <p>Where does mindfulness come in?</p> <p>At its most basic, mindfulness is the art of being aware of oneself wherever they are.&nbsp; It is acknowledging how you feel in a present situation and simply coming to terms with it.&nbsp; Used widely across mental health, therapeutic mindfulness is thought to help each person get in tune with themselves internally to help them understand their journey to mental and emotional freedom.</p> <p>While it is a form of personal self-gratification, mindfulness is intended to feel different for each person, since each person&rsquo;s mind works differently and has different needs.&nbsp; By using this unique approach, each person is creating personalized care and helps, generally, with human suffering as a whole.</p> <p>Mindfulness applied to stress</p> <p>Truthfully there is a very fine line between its role in medical culture and the more spiritual realm of mindfulness.&nbsp; Historically, it was thought to be dangerous to Western societies because it focused on the Buddhist teachings rather than the traditional Christian ones.&nbsp; However, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MSBR) is presently seen as very effective at providing the &ldquo;best&rdquo; methods:</p> <ul> <li>Mindfulness alerts you to yourself: Turning your attention inward helps you become aware of yourself as an individual in your environment.&nbsp; Since we tend to always focus on the environment around us rather than our role in it,this is a strong first step.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>You become aware of racing thoughts, a pounding heart, etc.: With attention to ourselves, we become aware of stress reactions, such as looping and racing thoughts, shaking, a racing heart, etc.&nbsp; Many times, we know that we feel &ldquo;stressed&rdquo;, but very rarely do we know what it actually feels like.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Understanding your reactions helps you acknowledge and calm them: Acknowledging these reactions helps each person understand where they come from and then starts to calm them using taught techniques such as deep breathing and the actual actions of mindfulness itself.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Calmness brings happiness and &ldquo;freedom&rdquo;: This physical calm brings equal emotional calm, which is often felt as &ldquo;freedom&rdquo; from stress responses.&nbsp; This is especially so in those with chronic stress or an especially high stress response.&nbsp;</li> </ul> <p>Mindfulness as a therapy</p> <p>Coming a long way from being seen as a danger to Western philosophy, therapeutic mindfulness is commonly received as being the &ldquo;best&rdquo; way to help reduce stress simply because it focuses on each individual&rsquo;s needs and helps blend together the support of the medical world with a journey of self-awareness and stress that is unique to each person.</p> <p>While a stress response is a human instinct, learning to deal with it properly for each person could be as simple and learning about therapeutic mindfulness.</p>