What is Stress?
Stress is the reaction of our bodies when we perceive a situation to be beyond our ability to deal with it. Our bodies react to imagination just like they do to real life. It's why we jump watching scary movies.
When stress becomes chronic — lasting a long time — it damages the tissues of our bodies, inhibits our immune systems and negatively affects every aspect of our lives.
Relaxation is actually our natural state. These days, so many people have been stressed for so long, it can seem normal to us. It might even feel desireable — exciting. But this overexcitment is harmful to our health, our relationships and even our planet.
The whole world is calling out for peace. We can each make a contribution by finding it in ourselves.
Benefits of stress relief
None of the heat and noise produced by an engine makes it go any faster. It is all wasted energy. Stress is like that. Stress relief makes our lives more efficient, so we have energy for what really matters in life.
Health & wellbeing — Relaxation improves immune function, reduces pain, lowers blood pressure, protects the heart, benefits the libido, prevents or reduces depression, and boosts concentration and memory.
Job satisfaction — Imagine feeling relaxed at work. Still focused, you do what needs doing. At the end of the day you sleep well, knowing you've done your best.
Harmonious relationships — Stress relief improves all of our relationships: with partners, friends and family, colleagues and neighbours, and with people we meet in daily life. When we're more relaxed, communication flows more easily and we find ways of addressing potential conflict.
Enjoyment of life — Free up energy to do the things you really want to do. You can relax and enjoy the opportunities life brings.