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Helping Your Mind Cope With Stress

Helping Your Mind Cope With Stress

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Published by Ian Thorpe
A pill for everything and a cure for nothing, the saying goes. But does the cure lie more within ourselves than the pharmaceutical lab? Recent research suggests our state of mind plays a big part in maintaining good health. Doctors and scientists are reluctant to discuss possible links between stress and health, but some serious research currently in progress suggests that within us lies the biggest part of a cure to many ailments, serious and trivial and just feel better about ourselves in general.
Find out how you can help your mind help you.
A pill for everything and a cure for nothing, the saying goes. But does the cure lie more within ourselves than the pharmaceutical lab? Recent research suggests our state of mind plays a big part in maintaining good health. Doctors and scientists are reluctant to discuss possible links between stress and health, but some serious research currently in progress suggests that within us lies the biggest part of a cure to many ailments, serious and trivial and just feel better about ourselves in general.
Find out how you can help your mind help you.

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Published by: Ian Thorpe on Feb 02, 2013
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 Helping The Mind to Cope with Stress
 Ian R Thorpe2 February 2013
We live in stressful times and in spite of the scare stories about health risks indiet, lifestyle etc. stress is actually the biggest threat to health, it depresses theimmune system, leads to to develop unhealthy habits like comfort eating and it raised blood pressure and contributes to heart disease. So what can you do to help yourself.Centuries ago, people were far more in tune with the earth and their own sensesthan we are now. This may sound like new age stuff to you, a puff piece for a cult perhaps but I promise you I am selling nothing and you will find the openingstatement true if you stick with me. The change began as the industrial revolutiongathered pace and now, 250 years on, we in the United Kingdom live non stop livesfuelled by adrenalin. A constant procession of lifestyle coaches, self help gurus, and people paid by the all powerful advertising industry keep exhorting us to be “in theloop” to jump on the bandwagon of every fad, to buy our self esteem by owning thelatest gadgets, the hottest designer’s clothes and all the rest. The most successful andmost hyperbolic and manipulative marketing campaign ever was that on which thesuccess of Apple was built. When the founder of that company dies serious
 
 journalists were falling over themselves to bestow on him a Messianic status.AdrianHon, a regular columnist in The Daily Telegraph, in an article that compared Jobs toChristopher Wren, the architect who designed the most beautiful buildings in London.Hon wrote “Everywhere you look, you can see people playing games and talking ontheir iPhones, reading books on their iPads, and browsing the web on their MacBooks”.Are they? I live in a heavily populated and reasonably prosperous are and I see people using mobile phones of many types, listening to MP3 players of many typesand concentrating on driving their cars, doing their work or looking where they aregoing. Jobs was not a great innovator, a commenter on one of my blogs describedhim as having a talent for “syllogistic rebranding,” a wonderful phrase I wish I hadthought of myself. Not being of the generation prone to Apple addiction I asked my son about thecult like following Apple technology has gathered. “I know quite a lot of people andnone, as far as I know, has an Apple product he said, venturing, “I think the Applefanatics tend to be in the London area, they’re the same people as buy clothes for theimage wearing a designer projects or drive a type of car because it is “cool”Blogging that Jobs was the most hypocritical Buddhist ever and that the companyhe founded one of the most fascistic and litigious ever was not allowed (so much for free speech). Anybody who queried the great benefits Apple products had brought toour lives was subjected to ferocious hate attacks from fans.But do we need tablet computers or smartphones on which to browse the internetor communicate with friends while out and about? Crossing a busy street whilewatching yet another hilarious fart lighting video on YouTube is inviting disaster andtexting while near water is a risk not worth taking asthis CCTV footage proves.Many people wherever they are do now seem to have a constant need tocommunicate via phone, text or internet. Our ancestors did not fel this need so whyare we addicted to these gadgets? It can only be due to insecurity but what has causedsuch insecurity in people who are materially better off than any previous generation?
 
The fact is we are so pressured with the idea that we must fill time profitably,networking, building contacts, learning, acquiring, when we are not actually workingthat we have forgotten how to be. While the hype machine rails against fatty foods,salt, cigarettes, alcohol, it is in fact stress that endangers our health most. We livemuch longer than our ancestors of only a few generations ago and still we are madeto feel it will be some kind of personal failure if we live for ever. Thus rather than justenjoying life many people are manipulated into stressing out over their diet, weight, blood pressure and the constant fear of developing certain conditions. Stress has beenidentified as a factor on the onset of many illnesses.At The (Breast Cancer) Haven in London, a programme called MindfulnessBased Stress Reduction is showing huge success for the Haven’s “Visitors” (notcalled patients). Run by Dr Caroline Hoffman, who is the centre’s clinical Director and Research Co-Ordinator, the course teaches people to look at themselvesobjectively by consciously bringing their mind back to the present thus controllingthe urge to analyze past events or try to guess future happenings over which we haveno control.. This approach works for people rebuilding their lives after a potentiallyfatal illness and can work for anyone who feels they would like to regain balance and peace of mind.

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