Are you stressed out? Well, if you answered yes you’re not alone. According to a 2013 study by the American Psychological Association, seven in ten Americans reported that they feel the physical symptoms of stress regularly and almost one in two Americans reported lying awake at night due to stress. Another study featured in USA Today stated that Americans are actively looking for solutions for their stress. In fact, more than half of the people surveyed in this study expressed that they had been actively trying to reduce their stress for the past five years. It also reported that people are most stressed out about money, work and the economy.

So, what exactly is stress and what effect does it have on our bodies? According to WebMD, stress is our body’s reaction to harmful situations that may be real or perceived. It triggers a “fight or flight” stress response, which causes an increase in one’s heart rate and breathing and raises blood pressure. Over time, this kind of physiological stress can take a toll on physical and mental health. The effects of long term stress range from a change in emotions to more serious issues such as cardiovascular and gastrointestinal disease.

While a large number of people suffer from stress, the good news is that it is something that each of us can control. There isn’t any reason for people to live in a state of constant stress. Below, we’ve featured a conversation between Sadhguru and Arianna Huffington that will help you understand the nature of stress and what you can do to effectively address it.

What next steps will you take to eliminate stress from your life? Tell us in the comments below!

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  1. Nancy Reply
    Thank you. This video resonated with me. I will take care of my body in a healthier way. I will no longer smoke to reduce stress. I will meditate and do yoga daily. I will volunteer my time more. I will exercise my creativity. I will rebuild from within and be OPEN to new experiences. I will energize my family's and my individual spirituality. I will lead myself and my children in the healthiest possible way. I will not allow outside negative influence disturb my inner peace so that I may achieve these goals and many more! Today is a brand new day. That is the beauty of the sunrise each morning. It is a brand new start, wherein many beautiful and wonderful things await us. Thank you, N
  2. Larryb Reply
    This is very true (needless to say). I've begun doing meditation and Kriya techniques every morning before my day starts. Despite the responsibilities of owning and operating a school, having a family of four, two sons both with chronic debilitating diseases and struggling to pay for their health costs and college, the quality of my life has changed enormously. I almost feel guilty about how relatively joyful and stress free I am through the majority of the day. This is in almost laughable contrast to my quick to anger and despair hypertensive state I've dwelled with in the past. Thank you Sadhguru for your love and humanity!
  3. L.Shanmugan Reply
    Namaskaram, I have completed 90 days Isha Kriya pratice.Since then i am able to have a different perspective about my self, i am very relaxed and able to respond to situations rather than reacting.I have learnt more about myslef.I spend lot of time with myself.I have started loving myself and more respect for myself.The practices made me understand that if i want create a change around myself it should start with me. Pranams. L.Shanmugan

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