"A Periodic Stress Meter Ask yourself this set of simple questions every few weeks to help gauge how much damaging stress you are experiencing"
The Stress Meter section accompanies a new Scientific American article entitled: This is Your Brain in Meltdown. The portion of the article available to the general public can be found here: YOUR BRAIN ON STRESS: How We Lose It. This portion features graphics depicting a stressed and non-stressed brain and describes what occurs.
Here is the short story about stress:
Stress has been associated with causing sleep disorders, obesity, heart disease, strokes, dementia/Alzheimer's disease, cancer, colds, autoimmune disorders (chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, IBS, etc.), skin diseases, premature aging, depression, general fatigue, anger issues, PTS/PTSD, stomach disorders, asthma, family problems, Crohn's disease, etc. The complete list is not even known at this point.
All of the above health issues can be helped, alleviated or prevented entirely by daily practice of meditation and self-hypnosis as a program of stress management. I recommend both because hypnosis and meditation work on different parts of the brain. Covering more brain substrates will work to create a more healthy and balanced brain function in a shorter amount of time.
With hypnosis, a trigger can be created for instant recall of your relaxed state in moments of need during extreme stress.
This alone can be the difference between life and death in some instances. The personal triggeris a big advantage over meditation, where people normally have to stop and prepare to meditate, except in the case of mindfulness meditation where the breath is the focus. Combining these two features the breath focus of mindfulness and the personal trigger of self-hypnosis can go a very long way in creating permanent wellness and ease in living!