Here’s one definition of stress:
Stress: Get old fast.
Life can throw a lot of problems and serious trouble at you. A bad job or a bad boss, financial troubles, abuse from others, grief, health problems …
This is stress. It is part of being alive. You may have little control over all those things.
When it comes to solutions, most people will instantly think: “relaxation”.
Let me illustrate with an example.
Victor Frankl was a Jewish psychiatrist living in Vienna during the Second World War. In October 1944 he was imprisoned in the Auschwitz concentration camp.
Can you even imagine worse conditions?
He survived. How?
He started to pay attention to his fellow inmates. Some survived. Others did not. What made the difference? What pushed some to ultimate demise?
And he did discover something — the real secret to survive and even thrive in the face of worst adversity. And here it is:
The REAL, PERMANENT Answer to Stress is RESILIENCE
“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms — to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”
If you have to condense this in one word that is RESILIENCE — the ability to recover readily from illness, depression, hardship … any adversity … the ability to bounce back and recover your strength.
The REAL answer to stress is RESILIENCE.
Sure, you can use relaxation to get few moments of respite and I have the “Tranquillity” audio track here, you can experience stress relief in 10 minutes or less, right here, right now, no string attached.
But relaxation is just a temporary relief. Like a band aid applied over a wound. It is palliative care, it does relieve the symptoms … but only for a while. It’s better than nothing … but not the long-term solution.
Specific (vipassanā) meditation may also help if you train yourself to see things in perspective and more detached. This may be part of the solution because the ability to become more detached and see the situation in a more neutral way is part of becoming resilient.
But you don’t have to meditate for years in a mountain cave to get detachment.
A hypnotist can help you to discover, re-connect and activate your inner strength, your resilience. And then, rebound, full of energy, ready for anything life throws at you.