Hack Your Stress – Part 1

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Have you ever tried scuba diving? Imagine you are diving into the deep sea and the deeper you go, the greater the pressure you feel on your body. To reduce the pressure, one must swim to the surface. In other words, one must move from one point to another in order to reduce pressure. This analogy is useful to explain pressure and stress.

Pressure and stress are interrelated. While pressure is inevitable, stress is the signpost to tell us that we need to release the pressure through motion. Our body knows it and it moves all the time. Even when we sit still, the movement takes place at the cellular level. However, whenever we feel stressed, it is a sign that there is excessive pressure waiting to be released.

Here are some tips to deal with various forms of stress:

Mental Stress

There is a state called ‘mental pressure’ to answer questions about our existence. The pressure happens when our mind is filtering the data from the consciousness field. Some people think about the future, past or about the mystery of life. Pressure itself is not stress. What’s turning into stress is when one deeply dwells in the stream of thinking.

This is especially so when one thinks about the future. Although the mind feels the future is real, our physical body doesn’t recognise the future because it always lives in the moment. When the pressure is not channelled into the present moment, we can get mentally stressed. One of the physical symptoms of a mental stress is headache.

To resolve mental stress, you can try a few tricks.

Meditate. Meditation is the best way to observe your thinking and pressure without engaging with it. During meditation, you may experience movement between thoughts and stillness. That motion alone promotes the pathway for the pressure to resolve naturally.

I’ll share more tips in the next issue and how to release the other two stresses we experience on a daily basis.