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Wednesday
Oct092013

Stress Test-Seems that if you are stressed you are not alone. 

If you think you are stressed you are not alone. In fact you are in the majority. According to the Harvard Mental Health Letter about 25% of people surveyed by the  American Psychological Association reported experiencing high levels of stress (rating their stress level at least 8 out of 10), while another 50% report said that they experienced moderate levels of stress (a score of 4 to 7).

Here is a stress questionnaire for you to try. Its called the Perceived Stress Questionnaire. Higher scores mean more stress. Minimum score is 0 and maximum is 40. If you score 32 or more you are highly stress and equivalent to 25%. If you score between 16 and 28 you are moderately stressed.So any score over 16 puts you with 75% of the population. .

While short term stress is useful for survival, motivation, energy production, performance and health. Long term chronic stress has negative effects in all these areas. One of the most important things we need to learn in life if we wish to be happy and healthy is become skillful in how we manage stress. It is possible to change our physiology and to undo the damaging effects of stress using breathing, relaxation, mindfulness and mind-body techniques. A wealth of research has shown that these approaches when applied consistently help people heal from chronic physical and psychological illnesses.

I will be teaching a highly effective stress reduction technique called Resonance Frequency Breathing on the evening of November 14th at the Northern Beaches Meditation Centre. To book call 02-99183460. 

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