Assalamualaikum.. We all know what stress is. What are the symptoms of stress and how it can negatively effect our lives. But here I’ll tell you how important role does religion, or Islam in particular helps reduce stress.
A research by professorInzlicht from the University of Toronto that looked at brain differences between believers and non-believers, finds Believing in God helps religious people block anxiety when under stress.
Almighty Allah gives us in the glorious Quran the best way to de-stress, (Verily in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find rest),( Ar-Ra`d 13:28). Remembering Almighty Allah in trying times and calling on Him to remove difficulties and stress is a good way to achieve nearness to Him and to keep your spirits high.. The five daily Prayers are an inherent mechanism for coping with stress. No matter where we are or what we are doing, we can stop to make time for Almighty Allah, to clear our minds, and to remind ourselves of our ultimate purpose.Another suggestion is the tradition of Hijama therapy (cupping), which the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) also practiced. Hijama cleanses the blood of toxins, and many people, both Muslim and non-Muslim, find it beneficial to overall health and well-being.Praying also combines physical rituals, which symbolize our submission to Allah the Almighty together with being very beneficial postures for the body. Reciting salutations upon the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) is also known to be a very effective calming agent, by Muslims the world over.Another surprisingly effective method for reducing stress, is to remember death. The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said that in remembering death, the current circumstances cease to be as catastrophic.In conclusion, taking into consideration the many challenges that face the youth of today, stress management is an important tool to achieving success. Whether you choose to take up a martial art or simply become more aware of the power of Dhikr and meditation, always remember that Almighty Allah has said (On no soul do Allah Place a burden greater than it can bear ), (Quran, 2:286).Read more: http://www.islamonline.net/servlet/Satellite?c=Article_C&cid=1231663995084&pagename=Zone-English-Youth%2FYTELayout#ixzz0pfgxxxRG
Believing in God might help religious people block anxiety when under stress, finds new research from the University of Toronto that looked at brain differences between believers and non-believers. The studies, led by assistant psychology professor Michael Inzlicht, involved a small group of participants who answered questionnaires about their belief in God and their level of religious zeal. The volunteers were then asked to perform a Stroop task -- a well-known psychological test that measures the reaction time while performing tasts such as identifying colours quickly. The subjects were hooked up to electrodes that measured activity in the area of the brain called the anterior cingulate cortex (ACC), which is involved in emotion control and helps us to modify behaviour during an anxiety-producing event such as making a mistake. Inzlicht's team found that those volunteers who considered themselves religious showed significantly less activity in the ACC compared to non-believers -- suggesting they were experiencing less anxiety during the test and when they made mistakes. The stronger their religious zeal and the more they believed in God, the less their ACC fired in response to their own errors, the study found. "In fact, we did not find religious people made more errors -- they actually made significantly fewer errors, which was very interesting to us," Inzlicht told CTV.ca. "We're not sure how to explain that yet." Inzlicht and study co-author by Dr. Ian McGregor at York University say they had each of the subjects fill questionnaires that measured their personality types, their IQ and their level of self-esteem -- and none of those factors seemed to influence the brain test results. The only factor that made a significant difference was the subjects' religious conviction. Inzlicht says his team is not ready to say that a belief in God causes one to be less anxious; but the correlation was found so repeatedly, he believes the findings are significant and require further investigation. The study findings are published in the journal Psychological Science.Not all anxiety is detrimental, Inzlicht points out. While it can become crippling, it is also useful for alertness and self-preservation. It's possible belief in God brings a peace of mind to believer, and may keep people on the optimal side of anxiety, Inzlicht suggests. "Religion provides meaning to many people. It helps people to understand what to do, where to go next, what decision to make. It may be that having this sense of meaning reduces their anxiety," says Inzlicht. "But that's not to say one can only find meaning in religion." There can be meaning found from other sources, such as one's political views. He is not looking into study into this area of research as well.
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Verily in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find rest 13:28 Calling to God in trying times and praying to Him to remove difficulties and stress is a good way to achieve nearness to Him and to keeping your spirits high
Always remember On no soul do Allah Place a burden greater than it can bear(Quran, 2:286). Islam gives us ample opportunities to step back, relax and rejuvenate our minds Following Islam not only guarantees rewards in life after death but success here in this world too.