Stress can actually take years off your life. Meditation (and flossing) can do the opposite. Ever wonder why?
Cortisol is the stress hormone. When cortisol levels increase so do the fat storage hormones. Fight or flight mode hits. Our body puts digestion on hold in order to prepare to outrun the cheetah (or that woman reaching for the same skirt as you on the sale rack). When digestion isn’t occurring properly, we develop allergies, diseases, pack on the pounds, and start feeling like complete cheetah shit.
My number one tip to relaxing is breathing. Just breathe. Breathing (like time) cures all. That’s why I got it tattooed on my wrist. It’s a constant reminder.
Need more? Here is some motivation to chill the fuck out…
“If a problem is fixable, if a situation is such that you can do something about it, then there is no need to worry. If it’s not fixable, then there is no help in worrying. There is no benefit in worrying whatsoever.” -Dalai Lama XIV
“How would your life be different if…You stopped worrying about things you can’t control and started focusing on the things you can? Let today be the day…You free yourself from fruitless worry, seize the day and take effective action on things you can change.” -Setve Marboli Life, the Truth, and Being Free
“I am an old man and have known a great many troubles, but most of them have never happened.” -Mark Twain
“If you want to conquer the anxiety of life, live in the moment, live in the breath.” -Amit Ray, Om, Chanting, and Meditation
“Pain is a relatively objective, physical phenomenon; suffering is our psychological resistance to what happens. Events may create physical pain, but they do not in themselves create suffering. Resistance creates suffering. Stress happens when your mind resists what is… The only problem in your life is your mind’s resistance to life as it unfolds” -Dan Millman