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Books

NEW Spiritual Solutions by Deepak Chopra(Hardcover)

NEW Spiritual Solutions by Deepak Chopra(Hardcover)
Spiritual Solutions: Answers to Life's Greatest Challenges ( AUDIOBOOK Available )  "Great advice directly from the master on virtually any subject, it just doesn't get any better...

Creating Sacred Space with Feng Shui

Creating Sacred Space with Feng Shui
ABOUT THE BOOK: Feng Shui is the ancient oriental art of enhancing and harmonizing the flow of energy in your surroundings.  Over the last twenty years, Karen Kingston has pioneered the study...

Joyful Wisdom

Joyful Wisdom
ABOUT THEBOOK: Yongey Mingyur is one of the most celebrated among the new generation of Tibetan meditation masters, whose teachings have touched people of all faiths around the world. His first...

Ten Poems to Change Your Life

Ten Poems to Change Your Life
ABOUT THE BOOK: This is a dangerous book. Great poetry calls into question not less than everything. It dares us to break free from the safe strategies of the cautious mind. It opens us to pain...

Brotherhood - by Deepak & Sanjiv Chopra (Hardcover)

Brotherhood - by Deepak & Sanjiv Chopra (Hardcover)
BROTHERHOOD Dharma, Destiny, and the American Dream DEEPAK & SANJIV CHOPRA   “BROTHERHOOD is an uplifting account of sibling affection and success, and of the promise and infinite...

Super Brain by Deepak Chopra, MD & Rudy Tanzi, MD (Hardcover)

Super Brain by Deepak Chopra, MD & Rudy Tanzi, MD (Hardcover)
Learn about Deepak Chopra and the Chopra Center's Super Brain dietary supplement - Ayurvedic Brain Support NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Super Brain by Deepak Chopra, MD & Rudy...

GOD: A Story of Revelation (Hardcover)

GOD: A Story of Revelation (Hardcover)
“God is an empty term except through the revelations of all the saints, prophets, and mystics of history. They exist to plant the seeds of spirituality as a direct experience rather than a...

Soul of Leadership (Hardcover)

Soul of Leadership (Hardcover)
ABOUT THIS BOOK Leadership is the most crucial choice one can make—it is the decision to step out of darkness into the light.      Bestselling author and spiritual guide Deepak Chopra invites...

Book Of Secrets

Book Of Secrets
2005 Nautilus Book Award Grand Prize Winner! New York Times Best Seller! Every life is a book of secrets, ready to be opened. The secret of perfect love is found there, along with the secrets...

Events

 
 
 
December 08 2012

The Conscious Lifestyle: Facing Your Stress

Category:  Health

This article was originally published on Linkedin.

I don't want to open the vast discussion of stress that now exists, except to make two limited points. 1. Stress isn't good for you. 2. The vast majority of people do not deal with their stress effectively. Coming to grips with these two things is important for anyone who wants to create a conscious lifestyle. To be aware is to be open, alert, ready to meet unknown challenges, and capable of fresh responses. When you are under stress, these qualities are compromised. Raise the stress high enough and they are reversed. The mind closes down as an act of self-defense. In that state it is very difficult to be alert and open.

But stress is bad for you in far more basic ways. The hormones that are released in the body's stress response, such as cortisol and adrenaline, are meant to be temporary. Their effect is to galvanize the fight-or-flight response, which is triggered in a primitive area of the brain, because fight-or-flight is an inheritance from our pre-human past. In the stress response, a privileged pathway is opened for dealing with emergencies, while at the same time the brain's higher responses are temporarily suppressed.
No one can healthily sustain the heightened alertness, quick burst of energy, rapid heart rate, elevated blood pressure, and other marks of the fight-or-flight response. Physically, the hormone rush must come to an end, leading to the opposite state - you become drowsy, lose energy, and have a hard time remaining alert and focused. So-called adrenaline junkies deliberately induce an aroused state because they enjoy being highly aroused, and they presumably value the courage, euphoria, and killer instinct that the stress response brings.

What they overlook is the down side. They may also be unaware of the physical damage done to various parts of the body, since various processes (e.g., growth, digestion, oxygenation of muscles) are temporarily shut down during fight-or-flight, which must be considered an abnormal, unbalanced state - no one would deliberately stay there. As stress experts have asserted for decades, the low-level stress of modern life fools the body into triggering a borderline condition of fight-or-flight that isn't good for us. "Normal" stresses like being stuck in traffic contribute to hypertension and coronary artery disease, along with susceptibility to infections, insomnia, and much else.

So those highly competitive types who boast that they thrive on stress are living in a fantasy world when you consider the potential for damage to their bodies. The most recent studies on the genetic effects of exercise, diet, meditation, and stress reduction conducted Dr. Dean Ornish, a national expert on reversing heart disease, suggests that a positive lifestyle produces beneficial output form as many as 400-500 genes. This implies that the same genes are adversely affected by a negative lifestyle that ignores stress management.

We are only now beginning to understand that subjective states like pain and happiness are not standardized. In fact, as we constantly reshape the brain and nervous system through everyday experience, each of us is structuring a unique response to the world, including our response to stress. This implies that there are people with high tolerances for stress and people with low tolerance, just as there is for pain. But if you put soldiers under the high stress of battle, eventually all of them will become shell-shocked unless they are given time away from the front lines. The firefighters and police who responded on 9/11, a group self-selected to go into stressful situations, suffered very high rates of post-traumatic symptoms.

Therefore, don't try to make stress your ally, either by toughing it out or turning your back on the problem. The conscious choice is to recognize that modern life is a battleground of low-level stress, sometimes peaking into high stress, that will have a damaging effect over time unless you deal with everyday stressors in a consistent, effective way.

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  • If this essay holds the truth, and it rings true to me, this question comes to mind: Can a person be truly happy or sustain good health and healing if he/she does not consider the "Creation" (universe) benevolent?

    Ron Greenstein // 2012-12-08 14:53:09 // //
  • Thank you, kisesss.

    Mayra Rodriguez Hernandez // 2012-12-08 19:03:01 // //

 

 

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  • In the 1950`s medicine was really getting up on psychosomatic symptoms and chronic ailments to the point that the AMA realized that they needed to act as this would certainly inhibit the profits the medical industry potentially reap from strictly symptomatic approach. Here is an example of the popularity being expressed in a 1950`s Broadway hit show. The character, Adelaide, suffer from chronic cold/respiratory symptoms. She has been engaged to the same guy for 14 years. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hNuLf17xuVw&feature=share

    Ron Greenstein // 2013-03-04 14:54:43 // //
  • Nowadays the stress is getting harder to fight to, even more if you want to be very competitive, the stress will manifest in a way or in another, sooner or later, what I thinks is the best to do, against to it, is having healthy habits and exercise yourself frequently, this way the stress is going to manifest itself with a lower intensity.

    Ruben Echeverria // 2012-12-18 10:35:36 // //
  • I suffer from stress. I was active as a teenager. Played almost all the games and sports. What do you think I can do to reduce my stress. I am a software engineer.

    Indian // 2012-12-18 00:00:10 // //
  • I think that we all certainly need more "effective" ways of dealing with stress but in the present day society that we live in, and the competitive nature of business and people in general, it seems that stress, on the most part, is more accepted then dealt with. The general human nature of most people is to be in a state or cause others to enter into a state of stress and I don`t think that is going to change anytime soon in any first world country. Great article though I really enjoyed it :-)

    fuzednet // 2012-12-14 11:17:38 // //
  • Acknowledge Stress. Resolve - if it is within your power to do so. Let Go if it is not. Learn from and move on!

    Eternally Me // 2012-12-10 20:59:30 // //
  • Looking good!

    Susan Chatain // 2012-12-10 08:45:58 // //
  • desde venezuela besos y abrazos a mi maestro deepak

    Lissette Molina De De Freitas // 2012-12-09 21:00:15 // //
  • Very true statement!

    Sexy Spirituality // 2012-12-09 11:01:29 // //
  • useful stress buster

    Gilbert Fernandez Montfort // 2012-12-09 10:06:06 // //
  • Self - Balance- Higher Power - Fun!

    Addiction Services, LLC // 2012-12-09 09:52:50 // //
  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cqIJWLrMluU&feature=share

    Inspiration and Motivation // 2012-12-09 09:31:02 // //
  • looks like a walk in the Park for me too! thanks!

    Barbara Arpante // 2012-12-09 06:44:48 // //
  • i would like to ask if you know why the word amen used in the whole religion in this world and it is pronunce the same sound and word in all languages in this world....?

    Paula Maldini // 2012-12-09 03:58:59 // //
  • Looks like Central Park.

    Debbie Hernandez // 2012-12-09 02:32:28 // //
  • my eyes are almost better also.. that caused a bit of stress when I experienced blindness and pain.. Those are very atypical circumstances.

    Steve Wein // 2012-12-08 22:00:21 // //
  • i hear that i know its hard sometimes but the world is changing

    Linda Morgan // 2012-12-08 21:41:23 // //
  • I don't have any stress.

    Steve Wein // 2012-12-08 21:26:09 // //
  • Lindo!!

    Tatiana Nunes // 2012-12-08 20:28:15 // //
  • Hi Deepak Chopra. Could you make more videos of yourself playing sports or singing? Those are nice.

    Nicki Green // 2012-12-08 20:17:16 // //
  • Thanks!

    Nidia Victoria Grimes // 2012-12-08 20:10:46 // //
  • great share :)

    Andrea Basedow // 2012-12-08 19:53:20 // //
  • Just shared with many!

    Cindy Papale // 2012-12-08 19:46:18 // //
  • for those of us under stress ( everyone of us) a good read

    Diana Billingslea // 2012-12-08 19:09:58 // //
  • all you under stress (everyone of us) a good read

    Diana Billingslea // 2012-12-08 19:08:39 // //
  • Thank you, kisesss.

    Mayra Rodriguez Hernandez // 2012-12-08 19:03:01 // //
  • thank Y <3 U

    Frances Laurie // 2012-12-08 18:40:44 // //
  • Thank you, Mr. Chopra for sharing all of your insight as you are creating the changes in those who need it most.

    Anna Ray Hart // 2012-12-08 17:58:04 // //
  • TOTAL VISION OTWARTA DLA WSZYSTKICH I OTWARTA NA ROZWIĄZANIE WSZYSTKICH NIEROZWIĄZALNYCH PROBLEMÓW.ZAPROWADZENIE TRWAŁEGO.POWTARZAM TRWAŁEGO POKOJU W EGIPCIE. TOTAL פֿאַר אַלע עפענען זעאונג און עפענען צו די לייזונג צו אַלע ינסאַליאַבאַל פּראָבלעמóוו.זאַפּראָוואַדזעניע טרוואַłעגאָ.פּאָווטאַרזאַם בלייַביק שלום אין מצרים TOTAL FOR ALL OPEN VISION AND OPEN TO THE SOLUTION TO ALL insoluble PROBLEMS.TAKE SUSTAINAABLE.REPEAT lasting peace in EGYPT مجموع المفتوح للجميع رؤية ومفتوحة للحل لجميع غير قابلة للذوبان PROBLEMS.TAKE SUSTAINAABLE.REPEAT ل

    Jan Smalcerz // 2012-12-08 17:30:09 // //
  • Desperately need this info advice.

    Jeanette Vazquez Mas // 2012-12-08 17:29:21 // //
  • Following this article and links associated with it.... excellent information....!

    Lorraine Eaves Lombardi // 2012-12-08 17:05:00 // //
  • Love this picture of you Sir!!!!

    Cathie Iveson Kroll // 2012-12-08 16:31:08 // //
  • The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another -William James

    Sharon Weir // 2012-12-08 16:07:15 // //
  • The man yes... thank you ... You have helped me in many ways! But having said that is there any alternate way to reading.. coz there are folks those who dont like that aswell .. :)

    Anis Barbhuiyan // 2012-12-08 16:05:23 // //
  • Adoro sus conocimientos, es todo un fascinante escritor.

    Patri Chacon // 2012-12-08 16:00:18 // //
  • Loveyou the Brazil <3

    Nelma Rosa Bittencourt // 2012-12-08 15:56:11 // //
  • Ayoba wena

    Pretty Mogapi // 2012-12-08 15:53:10 // //
  • Sexy

    Fabiola Cárdenas // 2012-12-08 15:46:55 // //
  • love youuuuu Dr. chopra............ lima - peru

    Obdulia Panuera Serrano // 2012-12-08 15:46:47 // //
  • Thx

    Fabiola Cárdenas // 2012-12-08 15:46:34 // //
  • Thank you. Very much appreciated.

    Jason Reynolds // 2012-12-08 15:46:01 // //
  • The article is kind of empty :/ missing some substance and not just the obvious.

    Luis F. Vazquez // 2012-12-08 15:46:01 // //
  • Really Deepak, Purple IS your color. Strike a pose :) Namaste

    Martha Egan // 2012-12-08 15:45:41 // //
  • greetings from brazil!

    Rodrigo Nunes Cal // 2012-12-08 15:40:24 // //
  • great to know that you was doctor and friend of michael jackson! congratulations for your excellent work! Rodrigo Nunes Cal

    Rodrigo Nunes Cal // 2012-12-08 15:40:03 // //
  • stud muffin

    Pat Fealy // 2012-12-08 15:39:50 // //
  • <3

    Jasmine Dunn // 2012-12-08 15:39:23 // //
  • Don't u have this article in spanish?

    Cancino Gisela // 2012-12-08 15:39:18 // //
  • should read:)

    Mandira Sinha // 2012-12-08 15:38:01 // //
  • Thank you very much, greetings

    Mercedes Belalcázar Mejia // 2012-12-08 15:37:20 // //
  • Dr Chopra looks more relaxed and loose than ever. Cool.

    Elia Marina Lopez // 2012-12-08 15:37:11 // //
  • Boa noite ,obrigada por ter partihado na página de Jesus e Maria.

    Maria Lopes // 2012-12-08 15:36:12 // //
  • merlin

    Gilles Abelard // 2012-12-08 15:35:38 // //
  • Looking good as always~

    Elena C Jones // 2012-12-08 15:35:33 // //
  • Yes!

    Scott Proulx // 2012-12-08 15:34:12 // //
  • Thanks Friend - Best Micheal Sean McLaughlin

    Micheal Sean McLaughlin // 2012-12-08 15:34:08 // //
  • If this essay holds the truth, and it rings true to me, this question comes to mind: Can a person be truly happy or sustain good health and healing if he/she does not consider the "Creation" (universe) benevolent?

    Ron Greenstein // 2012-12-08 14:53:09 // //