Everyone feels stressed from time to time.
So, what is stress and how does it affect your health.
Did you know that up to 90% of doctor's visits are stress related according to the American Institute of Stress. We use the word "stress" so often whenever we experience headaches, sleeplessness, sadness, anger or irritability.
So what is stress?
The most common way to define stress is perhaps something that causes us distress. It is how the brain and body respond to any demand. Every type of demand or stressor—such as exercise, work, school, major life changes, or traumatic events—can be stressful.
There are numerous emotional and physical disorders that have been linked to stress including depression, anxiety, heart attacks, stroke, hypertension, immune system disturbances that increase susceptibility to infections, a host of viral linked disorders and certain cancers.
In addition stress can have direct effects on the skin (rashes, hives, atopic dermatitis) and can contribute to insomnia and degenerative neurological disorders like Parkinson’s disease. In fact, it’s hard to think of any disease in which stress doesn’t play an aggravating role.
Stress can have wide ranging effects on emotions, mood and behavior. Equally important are its effects on various systems, organs and tissues all over the body.
What you can do about it
There are many relaxing activities you can do to combat daily stress. Example, meditation, yoga, tai chi or any gentle exercises.
One highly effective way to relief stress is sound therapy. Sound travels about four times faster through water than it does through air. Since our bodies are about 70 percent water, sound becomes a first choice for a natural therapy.
What's so remarkable about sound therapy is that even first-timers can enjoy its benefits. After all, everyone has a relationship with sound. You don't have to be a well-practiced yogi or self-care practitioner in order to have a profound and positive experience with sound. Participants aged 2 to 82 year-old have attended my sound healing sessions.
How sound therapy can help
In fact, a sound therapy session can serve as a gateway to these practices by introducing you to what it feels like when calmness enters the mind.
Unlike energy work, which is invisible to the eye but its effects can be felt (by some), sound therapy is both heard and felt. As a way to cope with the constant demands of modern life, an increasing number of people seeking meaning, purpose, and intention are turning to sound.
Sound therapy sessions are a great way to get "in tune" with yourself, and many people are turning to them for stress relief.