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Everything You Think You Know About Beating Stress is Wrong

  • October 23, 2011
  • 4:00 pm

Yesterday’s Wisdom: “Om” your way to calmness.
Today’s Smart Strategy
: Do something you love.

For some people, meditation is the secret to serenity, but for others, it’s a fast track to frayed nerves. In fact, in a study published in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 54% of participants reported feeling anxious while meditating! “There is no evidence that meditation ‘cools off’ the body’s stress response better than any other type of stress reduction technique, so you have to find what works for you,” insists Jonathan C. Smith, PhD, director of the Stress Institute at Roosevelt University. Anything that allows you to disengage from your thoughts can help you relax.

One way meditation works is by breaking the chain of everyday thoughts, which are often tied to our to-do lists and other stressors, according to Herb Benson, MD, director emeritus of the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston and author of Relaxation Revolution. While chanting a mantra certainly helps to quiet your mind, if meditating is not your thing, any repetitive activity that keeps your attention in the present moment, including jogging, swimming, painting, walking, knitting, or praying, will work just as well, he says.

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5:00AM PDT on Jul 25, 2014

this is interestingg. and YESS CHOCOLATE. CHOCOLATE IS THE ANSWER TO EVERYTHING.

9:49PM PST on Nov 19, 2013

Do Something You Love :)

3:15AM PDT on Jul 4, 2013

Thank you :)

4:45AM PDT on Jun 24, 2013

Thank you :)

3:45PM PDT on Oct 9, 2012

whatever works

12:43PM PDT on Sep 13, 2012

thanks for sharing

5:24AM PDT on Aug 28, 2012

i'm feeling pretty stressed up right now :/

2:33PM PDT on Aug 9, 2012

Thank you.

2:32PM PDT on Aug 9, 2012

Thank you.

2:30PM PDT on Aug 9, 2012

Thank you.

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