Using Stoicism To Overcome Mental Stress

By conqueror Team

Stoicism’s purpose is to achieve inner peace by conquering misfortune, exercising self-control, being cognizant of our impulses, and recognising that our lives are, in reality, extremely brief and that we have a choice in how we respond to adversity.

Because it is so applicable to modern life, Stoicism, while being an ancient philosophy, is regaining interest. It focuses on introspection in relation to two key issues. How can we lead a happy and full life is the first question. How can we become better humans?

Think for a moment about an issue in your life, a concern you have, or anything that makes you anxious right now. Now, according to the Stoics, issues in life like these can only be classified into one of three categories, so each category will then dictate how you should approach the issue. 

The first category is; things over which you have complete control including how you react to a situation, what you do or say, and how you think about an event. For example, you can either tell someone a lie or the truth.

Things that are beyond your control include the weather, your chance of getting into a car accident, your country of birth, etc.

Grey areas and events that you can steer or influence, but not completely, fall under the category of things you only have partial control over.

According to stoicism, you have the ability to swap out unhealthy thoughts with positive ones. In other words, if you change your thinking, you can also alter your feelings and perspective on the world.

The anxious mind may find this difficult to accept because it craves control over everything, but by attempting to change other people and circumstances, you suffer as a slave of events, enabling them to determine how you perceive yourself and the world around you. You can find some serenity in letting go of all else if you can instead concentrate on your ideas, ideals, and behaviours.

“Wild animals run from the dangers they actually see, and once they have escaped they worry no more. We however are tormented alike by what is past and what is to come. A number of our blessings do us harm, for memory brings back the agony of fear while foresight brings it on prematurely. No one confines his unhappiness to the present.” – Seneca

You are aware that worrying won’t make your troubles go away or affect the result. It merely makes things worse and makes you experience the terrifying circumstance twice: first in your mind and then in real life. In contrast, you may calm your mind and lessen pain if you can return your focus to the present moment (via mindfulness exercises).

When you’re stressed and worried about the future, whether it’s a job presentation, a sick parent, or the future of our planet, ask yourself this question: “Is this in my control?” If so, concentrate on what you can do to manage the circumstance. If not, simply let it go. Return to the present moment and remember that, while you cannot control everything that happens in life, you can choose how you respond to it. This modest Stoic practice might eventually lead to a transformation from pain and struggle to compassion and tranquillity.

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Warm Water Bathing To Reduce Mental Stress

by Tonny Wandella

A decent bath may be considered a small luxury now and then, but it actually has scientifically established benefits for your mental health.  Hot baths are also thought to be particularly transformational since they warm us up. Increased body temperature at night aids in the synchronisation of our natural circadian rhythms, resulting in enhanced sleep patterns, quality of sleep, and general well-being.

There are also other substances you may use to assist reduce tension even more and produce a more relaxing experience during bathing. There are an endless number of combinations and methods to help you relax and unwind, from using Epsom salt for anxiety to making a bath salt recipe with dead sea salt.

Taking a bath has been shown in studies to stimulate your parasympathetic nervous system, which is the part of your body necessary for relaxation. As your nervous system adjusts to the warming impact of the water surrounding you, you start to feel less stressed. A bath can actually compel your body to adjust how it handles anxiety if you are feeling anxious.

A warm bath could also help with breathing. The warmth of the water and the pressure on your chest expand your lung capacity and oxygen intake. Passive heating, such as spending time in a sauna, has been demonstrated in a growing body of studies to reduce the chance of having a heart attack, improve blood sugar control, and even assist lower blood pressure.

Many patients with chronic conditions experience depression and despair. Hot baths can bring physical comfort and contentment, as well as help alleviate the melancholy associated with chronic pain. This is because a warm bath can even help with the discomfort and pain of tight muscles, strains, sprains, and osteoarthritis.

As you can see, bathing is more than simply a way to keep ourselves clean; it can also help us reduce our mental and physical stress. Other useful techniques for being mentally sharp and at ease can be found in our online course. To get started, simply click here.