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Stress meditation by The Silva Method
Stress meditation by The Silva Method
Stress meditation by The Silva Method
Stress meditation by The Silva Method
Stress meditation by The Silva Method
Stress meditation by The Silva Method
Stress meditation by The Silva Method
Stress meditation by The Silva Method
Stress meditation by The Silva Method
Stress meditation by The Silva Method
Stress meditation by The Silva Method
Stress meditation by The Silva Method
Stress meditation by The Silva Method
Stress meditation by The Silva Method
Stress meditation by The Silva Method
Stress meditation by The Silva Method
Stress meditation by The Silva Method
Stress meditation by The Silva Method
Stress meditation by The Silva Method
Stress meditation by The Silva Method
Stress meditation by The Silva Method
Stress meditation by The Silva Method
Stress meditation by The Silva Method
Stress meditation by The Silva Method
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Stress meditation by The Silva Method

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Stress is always the part of your life. Learn how to fight it with the power of meditation.

Stress is always the part of your life. Learn how to fight it with the power of meditation.

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  • 1. What’s Really Behind Stress AND HOW TO BEAT IT © 2009-2010 Silva International & MindValley LC. All Rights Reserved.
  • 2. What Is Stress? • Stress will always be a part of your life. • There is the positive side of stress that can energize, motivate and excite you known as eustress. • There is the negative side of stress that can negatively effect every area of your life called distress. © 2009-2010 Silva International & MindValley LC. All Rights Reserved.
  • 3. What Is Stress? • The destructive effects of stress on an individual’s overall living experience have been well documented for years. • Stress can affect your physical and mental health and cause such things as accidents, absenteeism and substance abuse. Many of the health threatening conditions can be fatal. • In general, ineffective stress management impacts your health, career, job performance and relationships. © 2009-2010 Silva International & MindValley LC. All Rights Reserved.
  • 4. Types of Stress • We all experience stress to some degree or another. It is unavoidable. • Some people have more stressful lives than others, and some types of personalities have learned to cope with, and respond to stress more resourcefully than others. What may be stressful to one person may be exciting to another. © 2009-2010 Silva International & MindValley LC. All Rights Reserved.
  • 5. Types of Stress • Studies show that a person with the stressful, “Type A” personality is most prone to heart disease. • “Type A” personalities have a tendency to always be in a hurry, be very competitive, be sore losers, and get hostile when things don’t go their way. • Hostility is believed to be the most detrimental factor leading to heart disease. © 2009-2010 Silva International & MindValley LC. All Rights Reserved.
  • 6. Types of Stress • There are life events that seem to cause stress to all people across the board. Death, illness, divorce, a big move, loss of a job, or some kind of profound life change rate high on the list of stressful events. How you react to stress is often more damaging than the stress itself. Although you may not be able to control everything that happens around you, you certainly can control how you respond to it. Your willingness to change your response to stress is often your biggest challenge in managing stress effectively. • Your reaction to stress is a learned response that you can modify or eliminate. You must understand what stress is, and learn to manage it effectively. © 2009-2010 Silva International & MindValley LC. All Rights Reserved.
  • 7. What Is Stress? • Stress is a physical, chemical, or emotional factor that causes wear, and tear on the body, mind, spirit and emotions. • It creates imbalance in every bodily system. • Most people think of stress as only a mental or emotional change, but research has shown time and time again that bodily damage results from stress. © 2009-2010 Silva International & MindValley LC. All Rights Reserved.
  • 8. Short-term stress • Short-term stress is referred to as acute. • Acute stress occurs when your life is being threatened, or you perceive danger. • It is the kind of stress you experience when you are being chased by a dog while jogging. • It immediately triggers the Fight or Flight Response and it is not likely to be life-threatening. © 2009-2010 Silva International & MindValley LC. All Rights Reserved.
  • 9. Long-term stress Long-term stress is referred to as chronic, and often leads to serious health challenges. Some of the first symptoms of chronic stress are • Headaches • Insomnia • Digestive problems It is as if your body is telling you that you need to slow down and make some changes. © 2009-2010 Silva International & MindValley LC. All Rights Reserved.
  • 10. Side Effects of Long-term Stress • If constant stress continues, or gets worse, the symptoms follow suit. The following conditions may result: • High blood pressure • Arthritis • Glaucoma • Hypoglycemia © 2009-2010 Silva International & MindValley LC. All Rights Reserved.
  • 11. Chronic Stress • Chronic stress causes an increase of the stress hormone called cortisol. • Cortisol leads to many symptoms: • Increased insulin and body fat • Increased bone loss • Decreased levels of sex steroid and thyroid hormones  © 2009-2010 Silva International & MindValley LC. All Rights Reserved.
  • 12. Understanding Stress Every time you experience stress, you have some kind of reaction. Your reaction to stress largely depends on how you think, believe, and/or behave. The reaction is fully under your control. Whereas you tend to react with excitement and joy to eustress, the opposite is true when it comes to distress. Reactions to distress include such things as losing personal control, erratic behavior, inability to handle every day situations, and a difficult personality. Discovering how you react to stress must be the focus of your attention. Otherwise, you continue to react unconsciously. Making it difficult to control or manage through time. © 2009-2010 Silva International & MindValley LC. All Rights Reserved.
  • 13. Stress Positive Stress Negative Stress Eustress Distress Reaction Under Your Control Thoughts / Beliefs / Behaviors Negative Stress Triggers the Fight or Flight Response Affects Body Heart / Breathing / Muscles / Stomach / Kidneys © 2009-2010 Silva International & MindValley LC. All Rights Reserved.
  • 14. Fight or Flight Response • The changes your body goes through when experiencing stress is a sign that the Stress Response, also known as the Fight or Flight Response, has been triggered. • The Fight or Flight Response is a built-in survival mechanism. It is a response to perceived danger. • Anytime you sense your life is in danger, the Fight or Flight Response is triggered so that you can run away from the danger, or fight it, in order to survive. © 2009-2010 Silva International & MindValley LC. All Rights Reserved.
  • 15. Anger and Fear • The Fight or Flight Response was beneficial, even vital for our ancestors’ survival. Today, you rarely have a need to either fight, or run away in order to survive and so, the response does not serve the same purpose today as it did in the long ago past. • The Fight or Flight Response has evolved into anger and/or fear. Instead of fighting, you now get angry. Instead of fleeing, you now become afraid. • Become aware of what makes you angry and/or afraid in your daily living experience, and how many times that happens in one day © 2009-2010 Silva International & MindValley LC. All Rights Reserved.
  • 16. How Many Times Are You Going To.... • Cause your heart to beat faster • Your breathing to change • Your digestion to stop • Your inner processes to be put on hold • Your muscles to tense • Hormones to be released into your system © 2009-2010 Silva International & MindValley LC. All Rights Reserved.
  • 17. Which leads to...... This ongoing triggering of the Fight or Flight Responses is what leads to chronic tension problems like high blood pressure, insomnia, arthritis, headaches, migraines, and digestive problems. © 2009-2010 Silva International & MindValley LC. All Rights Reserved.
  • 18. Unlike Fighting And Fleeing, Being Angry And/Or Afraid Are Not Physical Behaviors. They Are Emotions. • At the root of the Fight or Flight Response is a need to protect the emotions. • Stress triggers an emotional reaction, and it is worsen by what automatically goes on in the body when the Fight or Flight Response is triggered. • When you feel stress, it is no longer so that you can survive physically. It is so that you may survive emotionally, and if you can’t survive emotionally, or cope with life and living, you might get very ill and some people even die. © 2009-2010 Silva International & MindValley LC. All Rights Reserved.
  • 19. Root Issues • Abandonment – To be left alone, deserted • Rejection –To be denied acceptance, care, and love • Hopelessness – To cause despair, impossible to solve, or cure • Helplessness – To be/feel weak, incompetent, powerless • Control - Needing to have control over everything © 2009-2010 Silva International & MindValley LC. All Rights Reserved.
  • 20. Root Issues • When a core issue is being triggered, the mere fact that it is being triggered means that it is something that is related to some aspect of your past. • Today you may feel that you are all grown up physically, intellectually, spiritually and emotionally, but the moment you are face to face with a trigger, the snowball effect begins and a you without the necessary resources shows up. © 2009-2010 Silva International & MindValley LC. All Rights Reserved.
  • 21. The Snowball Effect 1. First, you experience the shift from comfort to stress with a knotted feeling in the pit of your stomach… 2. Then your mind begins to fill with sabotaging thoughts and negative feelings linked to issues of your past… 3. Followed by the cluster of physical changes due to the triggering of the Fight or Flight Response… 4. And then the expression of the stress itself in the form of a reaction that resembles a child who is angry, afraid or hurt. © 2009-2010 Silva International & MindValley LC. All Rights Reserved.
  • 22. Who Is In Control? • When past issues get triggered, it is as if the “child” you is forced to surface. In a flash, you are transported to the past and become the child once again, and as a child, made to handle the adult situation. • The “adult” you is nowhere to be found. Too often, serious situations are handled by the “child” you, when they really need to be handled by the “adult” you instead. The “adult” you has many more resources than the “child” you and can handle situations more effectively. © 2009-2010 Silva International & MindValley LC. All Rights Reserved.
  • 23. Stress Management Strategy 1. Notice when you shift from comfort to stress. 2. Close your eyes to eliminate outside stimulus. 3. Take a deep breath and pace your breathing and calm yourself. Say to yourself mentally “Relax and get in control.” Do this two or three times if necessary. 4. Identify what core emotion is being triggered. 5. Separate yourself from the past or “child you.” 6. Create an ideal mental picture of the desired outcome. 7. Step into it fully associated and allow your body, brain and mind to memorize the experience of being calm. © 2009-2010 Silva International & MindValley LC. All Rights Reserved.
  • 24. Managing your stress effectively will be one of the greatest accomplishments of your life! © 2009-2010 Silva International & MindValley LC. All Rights Reserved.

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