Have you ever considered that stress might be silently robbing you of precious years of your life? Right now, as you read this very sentence?
Stress and Our Health
It’s important to recognise stress is responsible for the pain and upset we experience in ourselves and our lives. Stress is the biggest contributing factor to all our complaints and is causing the most destruction in and around us.
85% of illnesses is stress induced. It features highly in the breakdown of our relationships, businesses and our daily interaction with the outside world. Modern day life never runs out of ways to stress us out. So, we have become addicted to our stress, leaving our dreams and desires illusive and unrecognisable.
However much we crave a life free of stress, the vicious cycle we are caught up in, fuels the inner narrative. “I’ll be happy when I get to the weekend/ when the kids leave home / when my body looks a certain way / when my bank account is healthy” and so on, leaving our efforts, to feel any sense of peace, utterly futile.
These are the shocking statistics from the ‘Mental Health Foundation’:
- 74% of UK adults have felt so stressed at some point over the last year. They felt overwhelmed and unable to cope.
- 81% of women said this compared to 67% of men.
- 83% of 18 to 24-year-olds said this compared to 65% of people aged 55.
- Over 32% of adults said they had experienced suicidal feelings as a result of stress.
- 16% of adults said they had self-harmed as a result of stress.
All of these numbers are far too high and not conducive to living a fulfilling and healthy life.
A Calmer Life
The opposite of stress is: calm, centred and free. The mind in its natural state is always calm and free of agitation. The mind is self-correcting and is always working to return to a state of balance. When we cooperate with this natural tendency, stress steadily decreases. In its place, we experience the calm, centred and unstressed state that’s always present beneath the surface of the mental chaos.
Close to taking my own life due to seemingly unsurmountable stress, my search for any kind of relief, led me to meditation.
It is now my understanding that to meditate is to become still in mind and body. To connect to the peace and serenity of your heart. The definition of ‘To meditate’ is to become familiar with, so freeing yourself of stress is to become familiar with the truth of your own heart.
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In today’s fast-paced world it takes practice to overcome the false and untrustworthy thoughts that your mind thinks, and to release the tension and stress your body holds. With a commitment to a few minutes a day and a willingness to experience your peace place within, conquering stress for a healthier you is the most precious gift you can give yourself.
“You, just as nature intended, are this world’s greatest gift”.
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Vanessa Louise Moore
Vanessa Louise Moore, the ‘girl next door’ who has been played to millions across the UK via BBC, spoken at hundreds of events around the UK, helped people with her book on self love and runs countless masterclasses with her pioneering work.
Vanessa is an emotional health specialist and been dubbed ‘The naked coach’. Her “naked philosophy” is all about helping people heal the hurt within in order to live happier, more fulfilled, loving lives because she believes that ‘feeling is the secret to healing’.
After spending over 25 years in the cosmetic industry, it became very apparent to Vanessa that no matter how fabulous we look on the outside it cannot heal the pain on the inside. She is a mum of two who has successfully rebuilt her own life after a series of life events left her feeling suicidal and at rock bottom.
Having realised that general counselling, therapy etc was only scraping the surface, she knew the work she had to do needed to be deeper and now dedicates her life helping others to do the same. Find out more at: www.vanessaloves.life