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Stress Reduction Blog on CT Watchdog

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

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Greetings everyone. With the start of my weekly column on Connecticut Watchdog, Sundays will be “Stress Reduction Sundays.” Read my posts on how to manage stress effectively in your life. Here is my initial post:

Stress seems to be a dirty word in our culture, something to avoid at all costs, something that needs to be reduced or, even better, eliminated.

However, stress is a necessary and vital component of our lives.

To get out of bed every morning requires a stress response, albeit a mild one, to get us upright.

Bodily systems must make adjustments to blood pressure; blood flow and thousands of integrated changes take place in this simple act.

Our bodies are fantastic machines in this way helping us to adapt to myriad circumstances, especially those that are unforeseen, such as a crisis.



  • http://www.nsrusa.org David Spector

    It does indeed seem as though stress, in some form or other, is a valuable part of life. But this is only because it is so pervasive. In reality, stress causes or aggravates the vast majority of diseases. It limits our happiness and interferes with our sleep and daily energy.

    People who are open to trying new things may find the more efficient, and even more effortless mental technique known as transcending to be of interest. Published research on transcending shows incredible benefits from transcending, even just within the easily-measured area of anxiety, from the first week or two of practice.

    The reason is that transcending goes much deeper than just relaxation; it eliminates the stored stresses that weaken our nervous system and are the root cause of anxiety.

    The State-Trait Anxiety Inventory (STAI) is a standard questionnaire that researchers use to measure reduction or increase in anxiety levels. We used this questionnaire, properly administered, to confirm objectively the remarkable impact of the completely natural and effortless mental technique called transcending.

    Instruction in transcending is readily available through two unrelated organizations: Transcendental Meditation (www.tm.org) and Natural Stress Relief (www.nsrusa.org).

    Many published research studies using the STAI and other measures confirm that a few minutes spent each day practicing transcending will, in most cases, reverse and eliminate anxiety and other symptoms of stored stress. Other studies confirm the self-actualization effects of transcending, as defined by psychologist A. Maslow.

    It is valuable for people suffering from anxiety to eliminate stored stress, which requires only 15 or 20 minutes twice a day, sitting comfortably in a chair, experiencing this deep and unique state of restful alertness. Normal individuals can expect greater energy, autonomy, intelligence, insight, compassion, sociability, creativity, and even humor.

    I hope that readers of this blog check out the scientific research described on these two websites and consider learning transcending themselves. A better life, free of unnecessary anxiety, is available to everyone through the restful alertness provided by transcending techniques.

    David Spector
    President
    Natural Stress Relief/USA

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