Techniques for releasing stress
When you are feeling stressed, fearful, or angry, your body naturally releases adrenaline and cortisol which can trigger the ‘fight or flight’ response which is used to prepare the body for impending physical danger. When the physical response that your body has prepared for does not take place as planned, these chemicals remain in your tissues and can create havoc in the form of digestive issues like IBS, or with high blood pressure or having a lowered immune system function. Here are a few techniques to calm the body and the mind.
One way to calm yourself before this negative process takes place is by using a deep breathing technique which focuses your attention on your breath instead of on the aggravation.
- Begin by taking slow deep breaths -in through your nose for the count of 5 while filling the lungs fully, then slowly releasing the air out your mouth while saying “Yuuummm” as you exhale. The vibration of repeating this particular word helps the body to release excess nitrous oxide which in turn can relax the lungs and blood vessels and help to lower blood pressure and allow your heart to readily pump blood to all of the organs of your body.
Another calming technique is meditation- Begin by finding a comfortable position, either in a chair with your legs reaching to the floor, or by sitting on the floor with your legs gently crossed. You then need to relax your muscles and close your eyes. Once again you will give your full attention to your breathing by taking slow deep breaths in through your nose for the count of 5, and out through the mouth. Try to clear your mind of all worries and temporarily release all fears. If thoughts enter your mind you should acknowledge them without letting them distract you. These thoughts will go away on their own when you fail to give them attention. Try repeating this calming ritual a couple of times per day to relax your mind and body.
The goal with meditation is to enter a calming place in which there is nothingness, no worries, no negative emotions and no illness to dwell on. It is a technique which trains the mind to find peace and to recognize the “higher self” which usually lies dormant in most people.
Sometimes the source of our greatest discomforts comes from our over-reaction to any given circumstance or stress in our lives. Mediation allows you to free yourself from these human traits and frailties and allows you to find the calm instead of a storm. You can add soft music and candlelight if that appeals to you, in order to relax your body and mind.
A video presentation of how to meditate
Practicing various meditations and visualizations during stressful or fearful times can be a useful tool to calm your mind and give you peaceful imagery to concentrate on. One that has worked for me is based on my religious upbringing and involves the mental image that would accompany the song, He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands. During fearful or stressful times I visualize the Lord holding me safely in the palm of his hands. It is hard to feel afraid with that powerful image in your head.
Visualizations for cancer- bring to mind the most powerful healing image that you can imagine. Whether it is a religious figure such as God, Buddha, Allah, Jesus, or an Angel providing you with loving touch directly over your cancer, or embracing you with love and healing energy, while surrounding your body with a brilliant white light that is so intense and warm that it begins to dissolve away cancerous tumors.
A friend shared a visualization that she used for a cancerous tumor which involved standing under a waterfall and allowing the cascading water to fall over her chest and gently break apart and wash away the cancerous cells, carrying them far away from her. This is one that she did daily while taking her morning shower.
Another scenario may be performed while sitting outside in the sunlight and visualizing the rays of the sun coming together to form a laxer and then you will direct that laser at the site of the tumor and see it melting away.
As you can imagine there are countless visualizations that you can use that would involve dissolving the tumors, find one that works for you and make it a part of your healing routine.
Can you imagine cancer away? David Seidler says he did. Seidler won an Oscar for best original screenplay for “The King’s Speech,” also suffered from cancer just like King George. But unlike his majesty, Seidler survived, and he says he did so by visualizing it away. Seidler says that when he found out that his bladder cancer had returned, he visualized a “lovely, clean healthy bladder” and the cancer disappeared. He’s been cancer-free for more than 10 years. You can read more about his story at: http://edition.cnn.com/2011/HEALTH/03/03/ep.seidler.cancer.mind.body/
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