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  1. This video really put stress into perspective of everyday life situations. One of the first examples mentioned was about watching a televised sport and how even something that most people don’t think effects them in any large way, can take a toll on health. Commitment was another discussed topic in the video. It was interesting the way the narrator broke it down. When people were put in stressful situations, the people who were able to power through it, were people that had already committed themselves to something other than that situation whether it was family or work or religion or a hobby, they had something to fall back on. The other very largely discussed topic was about having control and the way that people may perceive control. More often than not, people want to have control in their lives, in every aspect of the word. The trouble with that is, all people at some point or multiple points in their lives are going to be put in situations that are largely out of their control. As the video explained however, using the 90-10 rule, it’s not about control iver each situation, it’s about the reaction to the situations that people are put in. 10% is our situations, but 90% is how we react to those situations we’re put in.
    I really enjoyed watching this video, because it broke stress down into multiple aspects of our lives. I always knew and read about stress and it’s negative effects on the physical body, but didn’t really think about it as something as small as watching your favorite team lose a game. It gave many self reliant resources to help combat stress. I think it is important that we have self reliant resources in our artillary, because I believe that things like pharmaceuticals are only a temporary fix and should only be used in the most severe of situations. If we can gain control over our thoughts it will make a grand difference in the way that we take on each day.

  2. This video is very informative! I’ve heard a lot about high levels of stress negatively affecting people’s health. Because my issues with stress often involve levels that are too high to be healthy, I never really thought about stress itself being a potentially positive thing as well. I think this applies to me as well since I am often happiest when I am being kept generally busy and have small tasks I am able to overcome.

    The idea that stress is a mental reaction rather than an external factor in people’s lives is not new to me, and has helped me with the development of my thought patterns. The example he gave that has helped me the most is reducing “black and white” thinking. I also attended a program on mindfulness for my depression that helped me immensely. Years later, I find mindfulness helping me constantly throughout my daily life. Providing myself with a little bit of distance from everything and just noticing a situation has helped me through major and minor difficulties alike. His comment on mindfulness helping to not become trapped in anxious loops put it best for me.

    One of my favorite mindfulness-related quotes (by David Foster Wallace) is, “Learning how to think really means learning how to exercise some control over how and what you think. It means being conscious and aware enough to choose what you pay attention to and to choose how you construct meaning from experience.” It’s this idea of choice that is highlighted in this and in the video that is important to me. I think mindfulness itself extends to people’s attitude and outlook on life.

  3. I thoroughly enjoyed this video. It had a lot of great information and tips for dealing with stress. It was a great reminder of how we bring stress upon ourselves, rather than it being forced upon us by an outside source. I love the quote by Dr. William James – the greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another. Just realizing that simple fact and being able to act upon it does so much to change your world! Although it is much easier said than done.

    I like how Dr. Mike Evans reminds us that there are positive sides to stress. Stress is usually referred to in a negative light, but the idea that some people are “stress resistant” is worth exploring. I am not sure “resistant” is the right word, but I definitely think that some people are able to handle stress better than others, or are able to turn it into a positive issue rather than a negative one.

    I also like the idea of a thought record, as a part of CBT, and challenging common thinking traps. I certainly find myself falling in to the negative filters at times. It is hard to change your way of thinking, but it can be done and I look forward to one day being able to reduce the negative thinking in my brain!

    I find that I am a bit of a control freak and at times this does lead me into stressful situations.
    If I am in a situation that I cannot control or that involves change that I did not plan, Ican get quite upset. I never used to be that way, I was always spur of the moment, never planning anything. I think once I had children, I needed to rely on a schedule, have control over that schedule and live by the calendar. I lost count of how many times I told my family, if it isn’t on the calendar, it isn’t happening!
    Now that I am an empty-nester, I am trying to let go of the need to always be in control. I am trying to let things happen as they may and am hoping to return to my former “que sera sera” attitude!

    One thing that really caught my attention is the idea of using mindfulness for stress reduction. I truly believe in using mindfulness to help overcome a myriad of issues…and happen to be writing my senior capstone paper on using mindfulness in the classroom! This is another practice I am currently working on in my self-awareness journey!

    Again this week, I did not practice the Isha Kriya as much as I would have liked. It is truly a work in progress trying to find time for meditation. I have only been able to practice in the evening before bed, but am still hoping this week to try to find time for a morning practice. Keeping my fingers crossed!

    • A well written​ essay with honest and refreshing statements. Remember time is not going to announce an opening for your IK, but rather your old method of scheduling will serve you best to get into the practice successfully. Your IK practice has definite measurable factors on your mat work progress and your ability to maintain yogic energy thorughout​ the week and finally your grades. Namaste

  4. This has been my favorite assignment thus far. I’ve been struggling with anxiety a lot more frequently and intensely lately. Although I am familiar with most of the ideas discussed in the video, sometimes absorbing old information in a new format reinforces a point you thought you already knew. Watching an animation with anecdotal evidence id that for me.

    I have discussed all the key ideas of this video before, medically speaking, with counselors and generally wit other people who believe in practicing mindfulness. Reframing these points in a lax, more relatable style video helped me remember the human element of stress and what we can do to tackle it. I’ve found the tennis analogy of keeping it simple and continuing to just stay moving to be most helpful. I think we as people can compare our lives to others and often think we will have it all figured one day when we’re older and wiser. Lately I’ve taken on a new approach where I will just keep moving forward and taking things day by day until I am on my death bed and realize I did the best I could to learn about my inner self every day. I hope that even in my old age, I discover new parts of myself and ways of thinking — I never want to have it all completely figured out.

    Part of taking things gently as they come is being able to manage stress. For me, managing stress involves a lot of self care and meditation. The Isha Kriya is not the type of meditation I am used to and I’m still finding it challenging to truly own and benefit from. I practice 4 times outside of class, usually in the mornings. I still find it pretty anxiety provoking but I will continue to give it a chance.

  5. I really enjoyed this video. I think it is so interesting how we bring stress upon ourselves. Its so important to remember that everyone has a breaking point and a certain amount of stress we can handle. That is why stress management is incredibly important. We live in a world where stress is unavoidable.

    We are victims of our own thoughts. Our ability to choose one thought over another is remarkable. Our minds are machines and we must program our self esteems on positive things that don’t damage our ego. Mindfulness does a number of things. For me a mindful state is like my “zero” or rock I can fall back to. Being in that space ritually is essential. Mindfulness makes you more harmonious and able to best react in your true self interest. Self control increases and your self locus of control expands rapidly. Much of the science discussed in the video is like old wise tales that are true. Personally I believe the self narrative we tell ourselves is the most important because like said in the video, we have the ability to choose our own thoughts. We get to decide who we are and in doing that we get to respond to how the cards are dealt to us, and craft ourselves. Taking care of your thinking is essential to stress management.

    Isha Kriya helps me manage stress and become more clear headed. Like any other mediation Isha Kriya acts as a rock to ritually come back to. In my practice I can distill thoughts that cause distress and then take action from there. Isha Kriya helps me listen to my body and emotions and I can notice the slight body state differences I feel each time I do it.

  6. This perspective on stress really illuminated things for me. There are so many things in our lives which creates stress. We can see stress as something which can be positive- some people thrive under stress and then others do not. There are varying factors on our levels of stress- humor, our social network, etc can influence our level of stress and how we manage it. If one changes the way they engage with stress then we can have the necessary mechanisms to help with it. We have the ability to change the amount of stress we experience everyday. There are practical techniques which we can enact to change how much stress effects us. It is so necessary to use our ability to choose our thoughts to decrease how much stress effects us.

    I really identify with the ideas in the video with mindfulness. What mindfulness does is give us the opportunity to be conscious of our stress and try to understand where it comes from and how to change it. This techniques, including increased self awareness, meditation, and letting go of the moment helps us place our thoughts and understand the space of anxiety or stress. I really like the idea that our attitude or outlook on life can influence our stress level. Even though I am uncertain if this change in attitude will completely help me, I know that this positivity will help me unclasp the anxiety I feel. Additionally I want to be able to let go of all the anxiety I feel. This technique encourages not grasping, not holding onto control. With this change, one is able to create their own personal narrative to change how stress effects us. If we use these simple techniques then we can help ourselves and our thinking, but we can also help bring positivity and less stress to others lives. I practice the Isha Kriya four times a week and I’ve noticed a real change in how I engage with my anxiety. Now I have the awareness to address it in a controlled and more conscious manner than before.

  7. This video was full of useful information. Stress is an emotion we all feel and can relate to and it is something I have a hard time dealing with. It is very easy to be consumed by stress. I like in the video how they explained that by simply changing your mindset can minimize stress.

    In the video they quoted William James “Our greatest weapon against stress is our ability to chose one thought over another.” Personally a lot of my stress comes from the thoughts that my mind is thinking, which is why this quote resonated with me. The power of our mind is so strong and this video has opened me up to be conscious about being mindful. To also work on directing my thoughts and that i have control of my mind and that i do not have to let stress control me.
    -Emily Bockisch

  8. I enjoyed watching this video. I’ve struggled with managing stress and anxiety for most of my adult life, however I rarely ever look at it in terms of physical health. I certainly see the effects of it in my physical health, increased heart rate, tight muscles, breathing issues even high blood pressure, but I don’t think of it in future terms as I am still relatively young.

    A lot of the coping mechanisms for stress I’ve discussed in therapy, letter writing, meditation, breathing practices and others have come up in conversations of ways to deal with panic attacks and general anxiety. As well as the outlooks that people have a hard time dealing with stress adopt. I personally struggle with fortune telling, the black and white outlook and catastrophic thinking. However, I found the ideas behind accepting and adapting to stressful situations helpful. Understanding that there are other aspects to your life besides the one that is currently stressful, letting go of control and being able to adapt to change. I think these three things are something I will keep in mind in the future, as well as the 90/10 outlook.

  9. I thoroughly enjoyed the recording on the second limb of the Yoga Sutra that discussed what Yamas were all about. The idea that we can recognize our moral virtues and attend to them, and purify our human nature and contribute to our overall health and happiness. Yamas in conjunction with the practice of Asanas seems to further emphasize the vastly important relationship between the body and mind. I was also fascinated by the wisdom of the idea that embracing love and loving thy neighbor, shouldn’t be viewed as a task, it must be found spontaneously. Once each individual practices Yama throughout their daily life, eventually the practice will bring completeness and improve their connectivity to the divine.

    As for the Dosha quiz, I received the result of Vatta-Pitta Dosha which acknowledged that I’m an intense individual, which is a good thing but when I’m totally in balance. The quiz also suggested that my mantra should be “cool, calm, and collected,” and I honestly couldn’t agree more. I’ve mainly found that meditating on a problem rather than jumping to a conclusion in order to get the job done faster isn’t necessarily the way to go. One of the responsibilities of being a leader is that you also need to nurture the relationship between your mind and body, as well as to those around you.

    The video regarding stress was incredibly relatable and helped me realize many different ways I can manage my stress. I suffer from a lot of anxieties that stem from my lack of self-care and thinking style. I overthink a lot of things and have trouble managing my stress. Practicing the Kriya recently as helped my brain focus on one thing at a time which is very relieving. The practices each week, specifically in class, have helped me become more mindful and calm. I’ve been taking each day as it comes and trying not to overwhelm my brain. I’ve also tried to improve my time management skills and be more outwardly positive towards other people.

    • Seems like you are on a mission to get busy balancing your life with your new yoga tools, best Wishes. In the future please do respond to each part of the assignment on the related post to get proper credit wherein you invest time writing a full essay for each.

  10. I get stressed out very easily because I overthink. When I have assignments due round the same time as each other or I am overwhelmed by the work that is due, I become stressed out and do not know who to organize my thoughts. I know that stress can lead to medical problems because I have had experiences in the pass, when I am stressed out it becomes harder for me to breath because of my asthma.

    I found it interesting that the video said stress is a mental reaction and as people we cause our own stress. I heard that saying before “We cause our own stress”, but I did not understand what that meant. The video broken down very clearly, we create our own stress because let things stress us out. Instead, we should be mindful and live in the moment. What I also found interesting is how different medical professionals interpret stress. For example, a counselor sees it as vulnerability, a physiologist sees it as increase blood pressure and chemical changes, and a doctor sees as worse health outcome.

    I practiced the Isha Kryia four times this week. I changed up the times I did Isha Kyria, because I usually do it before bed but I wanted to see if doing it in the morning would help me throughout the day. I did Isha Kirya before my classes, I woke up an hour and half before class, so I would have enough time to complete it. I noticed that I was less stress throughout the day, but since I did not do it at night my sleep pattern was different. I noticed after I stopped doing Isha Kirya at night my sleep pattern began to revert back to what it used to be. Before doing Isha Kirya I would wake up in the middle of night and force myself to go back to sleep and because I did not have a good night’s sleep I would be tired throughout the day. Furthermore, I also noticed my asthma getting a little better. I am able to take deeper breathes and I am not as short-of-breath as I used to be.

    -Saida Blair

    • Great news about your improvements in your breathing, don’t you deserve this every day? Sounds like you have discovered that it’s important to do your IK practice both morning and evening for overall wellness, the question is will you place this as a priority? Namaste

  11. I really enjoy the drawings and the scientific explanation in this video. I think this is one of my favorites. This really touched me because I am someone who has a lot of anxious moments and this gave me tools to handle my anxiety better. I liked hearing that It was more about positive thinking because stress stems from negative thinking and thinking that things can go wrong. The negativity surrounding choices and actions is what brings on stress and negative feelings.

    I heard a lot about the “black and white” thinking and I’m definitely someone who tends to do that. I’d like to take this information and begin practicing having a more positive mindset and using optimism instead of pessimism. We all have a choice in how we react to the things in life.

  12. This is a great illustration of the complicated reactions people have to difficult life situations. I was really impressed by the graphic showing the perspectives of different professionals, and thought that the way the importance of contextual factors was expressed was really effective. Stress, like pain, is an important and necessary reaction that teaches us how to avoid situations with negative consequences. Modern life has completely changed the contexts under which we feel stress, and so it often feels as if our stress responses are disproportionate to the object of our anxiety.

    I am familiar with CBT and mindfulness practices an I think they are extremely useful. CBT is a great way to immediately work on changing maladaptive behaviors, and manage the feelings that go with them. Changing how one views a situation, or their place in it, has the potential to increase a person’s feelings of self-efficacy enough to equip them to handle the situation completely differently. In a very Pygmalion way, people are able to intentionally sculpt thought patterns by changing their mental routines.

    Behavioral therapy is the best, and quickest, way to get people to stop engaging in destructive habits. Unfortunately, CBT is unconcerned about the etiology of these behaviors in that realm falls short compared to traditional psychotherapy. CBT and DBT are growing in popularity lately because of how quick and effective they are at changing disruptive behaviors, so they are strongly favored by insurance companies. I think everybody could benefit from many of the skills taught by mindfulness-based behavioral therapies, but I’m reticent to think of them as a viable replacement for talk therapy.

  13. The stress reduction animation talks about a very important thing that most people go through, which is stress. nowadays stress is moving down to younger and younger individuals, and stress is a very complex problem with multiple factors and multiple outcomes. stress can affect people mentally and much as it can affect people in a physical way, and some people try to cope with it in the wrong ways like self-medicating themselves and using drugs and alcohol. these would be the negatives side effects of stress but there are also some positives side effects, which depends a lot of how you cope with it and how stress can actually give you enough pressure for you to put on the effort in a homework for example.
    But first, where does stress come from and . the answer is it comes from YOU, from ourselves. So going back to how can we deal with stress better is by changing your thinking style. we have the power of choice and we can choose to not get stressed out by too much work, or an annoying person in your class, by simply changing all those negative thoughts to positive thoughts and that way not gets trapped on an anxious loop. To achieve this we need the three Cs explained in the video: Commitment, control, and change. One of the good solutions that were in the video was the writing a letter to yourselves or the problem that’s stressing you out, this releases stress and I thought it was a very interesting way.

    This week I did my IK 4 times, 3 times at night time before going to sleep and 1 time in the middle of the day and then I took a nap. I ‘ve been way more relax and I feel like I can concentrate better when I do homework, as well as I, sleep way better now. I still have some back pains but they’re not as bad as they used to be. If I did the IK every day then I feel like it would get real better, but because of time management, I have not been doing it every day.

  14. I found this animation very interesting. I am curious about cognitive-behavioral therapy, and the power of the mind to be restructured from within. This, as well as many of the points brought up in the video also serve to support this relationship between science and yoga.

    Mindfulness, placing attention, power of choice, control, (and the “locus of control”,) adaptation, openness to change — these are all very practical things which, as with many other things we have looked at, are basically common sense yet extremely powerful when put into practice.

    My Isha Kriya is labored as usual. Its pretty much a 50/50 shot as to whether or not I will complete it. I have tried it in public but that never really allows for success. However, sitting in my bedroom with music playing seems to be the ideal condition. I will continue to practice.

  15. This video explains how a person can reduce stress. It says that stress is often associated with negative connotation like having some type of anxiety for example. But we don’t think about stress can bring positive things to your life.
    If you know how to deal with stress and turn into something positive, then it can be really beneficial for you. Like some people use take stress and go exercise to be stressful. Now your outcome is you’re stress-free and have more strength and be more muscular.
    When you know how to take stress and turn into something beneficial for you, stress wouldn’t be a problem for you. When you in control of your mind and you know how to channel stress to something positive, stress isn’t something that’s a burden anymore.
    This is something I’ve worked on for so long and usually when I’m stressed I take a shower, ignore my phone and go to sleep. That helps me get my thoughts together and back in the groove. And then I hang out with friends so I feel more social and comfortable going outside to tackle on y daily responsibilities like class.

  16. Starting off before I breakdown my personal opinion and further understanding of the video, a quote that caught my attention within the video was that of Abraham Lincoln, who stated that “when I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad and that’s my religion”. Connecting it now to my personal feelings of the video, I formed many different interpretations and comprehensions on what was displayed. Throughout the course of my life, I’ve lived and dealt with a feeling of stress, nervousness (better known as something by the name of anxiety). Anxiety is something that each and every person confronts within their life, whether or not it’s on a grand scale, to something of that even smaller. As I was watching the video “The Single Most Important Thing You Can Do For Your Stress” by doctor “Mike Evans”, his discussion on stress and anxiety definitely shaped the way I perceive and deal with stress. Through the course of the video, Mike examines methods on relieving one of stress, by methods such as thinking simple/basic, noting information as well as to that of Dr. William James (1842-1910), who described his idea on your own individual thinking and that “the greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought, over another”.

  17. As someone who struggles with anxiety, I found this video to be extremely helpful. Looking at stress in a positive light seems strange at first, but no matter who we are or what we do..we will encounter stresses in our life. We can use this stress as momentum to accomplish our goals, and to keep moving. Or we can let stress take over our lives, and hinder our goals. Successful people do not avoid stress or challenging situations, it is how they react to these stressful situation and their thought process that makes them successful.

    An especially insightful point in this video is that stress is created by our own minds, not the outside stressful person or situation. It seems so simple when written down, but I had not considered this previously. If we can change our thought process, even if we cannot necessarily change the stressful situation, we can give ourselves less stress and anxiety..and maybe even benefit from situations we once found stressful. We can think of these situations as challenges to overcome instead of just burdens to face.

    Something else I learned from this video is the 90/10 rule. Life is 10% of what happens to us, and 90% of life is how we react to it. If life was to be explained very simply, I think it is just a series of choices.

    I really enjoyed watching this video!

    -Anneliese Treitmeier-McCarthy

    • I hope that you may put in place ideas you found useful to overcome your own anxiety, it’s a process and with regular applied practice you will be successful OM

  18. I have never seen stress broken down so simply and explained without bias. This video is great for understanding how to reduce stress because it breaks it down to the individual person. I liked how Dr. Evans simplified how to deal with stress into components of thinking; control, change, and commitment. I also liked how he said that stress is complex. The idea that stress is something that is placed upon us is believed by many people. Some people tend to believe that stress is solely controlled by our thoughts and put pressure on those who are frequently stressed to “get over it” or “just be positive,” which can be invalidating to the stressed person. I really liked how Dr. Evans explained how to manage your thinking and attention in order to reduce stress without invalidating the impact that stress can have on the individual.

    Mindfulness is something I have been introduced to in the past and I believe it definitely can help to calm stress. I thought the ways of thinking in CBT that were discussed in the video were interesting because I know people in my own life who have those ways of thinking. The citation and discussion of the various studies that different doctors have done to study the impact of stress were very helpful in making the concepts Dr. Evans talked about more understandable. The various quotes helped also because it gave insight into different mind sets. It also made the video more relatable. Personally, I like Abraham Lincoln’s quote which was “when I do good, I feel good, when I do bad, I feel bad, and that is my religion.”

    Reframing your thinking and focusing on yourself can be big factors in reducing stress. In this yoga class, I’m beginning to understand how that can be applied into my own life. The ideas of yoga – such as niyama and yamas – and the physical practice of the poses can benefit my body, mind, and spirit.

    My total Isha Kriya practices for this past week were 4, including the one I did in the makeup class on Monday. After watching this video and connecting its important ideas to the important ideas of yoga, I will definitely try to make time to fit at least 4 practices in my schedule each week. My plan is to set an alarm to remind myself to practice the IK at certain times and to also remind myself that I can also practice the IK when a free moment pops up.

  19. I feel this is one of my favorite videos thus far. I believe that after watching this video it helped me in a way I didn’t know really existed. I didn’t know just simply changing the way one thinks can actually reduce your chance of being stressed. Watching this video was very helpful to me because I do get stressed a lot, between homework/school, relationship, and or family issues it’s just a drain on a college student, but learning what I can do to change my brain structure and health behavior I believe now I can be happier. I think even if I just try to change my thinking habits and think better and happier thoughts daily or throughout the day my mind will feel peaceful and my life won’t be so stressful. Thank you so much for recommending this video :).

  20. This video addresses stress and the best ways to handle it. Stress is complex, with people having varied views on what stress is. Stress is complicated because too much of it can be bad, but just the right amount can actually be positive. Using a bicycle tire analogy, a good amount of stress pumps us up to keep us rolling, but we are not so inflated that we pop when we hit a bump. Some people are better at handling stress than others, but when it comes down to it, the key to handling stress is simple. We as humans are our own enemies and we tend to create our stress. However, we can learn to change our thinking. In 2011, Mats Gullikson conducted a study with 400 people who had heart issues. Over a period of time they had usual treatment or cognitive behavioral therapy. This focuses on problem solving, relaxation and recognizing common thinking traps. After 7 years, it was found that heart attack rated dropper 41% and death rate dropper 28% in the group of people using cognitive behavioral therapy. Another way to handle stress is mindfulness techniques. In a study by Zindel Segal, people were either given an antidepressant, placebo, or mindfulness therapy. Mindfulness therapy was just as effective as a drug. Mindfulness therapy is effective because it combines self awareness, breathing, and meditation.

    The major factor which determines how well a person deals with stress is attitude. In a study by Suzanne Kobasa, researchers observed which workers at Ma Bell Telephone Company seemed to cope best. The three key traits were commitment, control and change. We see stress as external and uncontrollable, but in reality, “the greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another” (William James). If we can control our inner self, we can deal with stress.

    I found it interesting that mindfulness therapy is so similar to yoga. Both deal with self awareness, breathing, meditation and letting go of distractions. Yoga is so important and can help alleviate so much stress. As stated in early videos, yoga allows us to focus on why we do things. It helps us to see our irrational behavior. We become more aware of our actions. We learn to let go of the world. I think that once we begin to relinquish control, we can get rid of stress.

    After watching this video, I began to think about what the speaker pointed out and contemplated it while practicing yoga. I tried to focus on letting go of things which we not as important as I believed. Yoga is a major stress reliever for me. I continue to practice every morning now after my shower. It makes my day so much better. I try to think of inner reflection and why I do things. Practicing in the morning, I take a step back to look at things. I focus on ignoring worldly desires. These thoughts follow me throughout the day, so I do not stress as much. I also do yoga at night to alleviate stress as well. I think about the day, and I analyze my actions. I tell myself to let go, an I try to see the bigger picture.

  21. I have always struggled with anxiety whether it was social or just from overthinking a problem. Which I got used to and wasn’t a huge problem in my life, it just was frustrating at times when I’d have anxiety attacks and I couldn’t pinpoint why it started. Most of my anxiety made me shy all throughout elementary school to high school and a bit of college now. Presenting in front of the class whether it was in groups or by myself I had always hated. That is because on top of my anxiety of talking to a group of people that could be strangers or friend to the classroom was topped off with stressing myself that I needed to be perfect. I remember the most stressed I was, was not the minute before presenting but the night before barely sleeping stressing on every possible mistake I could have made. And I know this was not healthy for me but it was something I could not control and always unconsciously came into my head. This video was not anything I have not heard from before. When I was in therapy they explained similarly like the guy in the video about it being okay to have stress but not too much when the thinking turns negative.
    One part I liked in the video was when the guy explained change the way of your thinking really made me realize stress only comes by how you look at yourself and others in the world. And I think for me I focus on the negative feedbacks and comments too easily rather than the compliments. I feel like I give my 110% in a current situation and then stress more when someone does not agree with my opinion or supports my project; because if I worked really hard and I know it is good why would there be a chance someone would hate it. I think this video cleared my mind up even if I knew what needs to be done for a less stress and more positive life. Everyone who is stressed should try to change their way of thinking and from there improve their lives. But people often forget when situations are too overwhelming, I feel like this video should be the type that needs to be watching when a person is losing their way and they need to remember the guidelines to eliminate or reduce stress.
    This week for my Isha Kriya I feel like I am finally connecting with my inner self and seems more like a natural routine rather than a homework assignment. I love the feeling I have after I have finished because I feel so energized and I feel like my body is light and it is usually after doing this that I actually have the motivation to work out. Although this week I did not keep up with my regular scheduling for it due to an exam I had to study for and I was overwhelmed at home and work. I always practice before going to sleep to feel good and falling asleep easier. Or if I am too tired I do it in the middle of the day after my morning classes.

    • A very good essay with honest reflection and review of the subject matter. Do keep up your IK and Finger Holds practices to keep shifting your focus towards balance and positivitiy, OM

  22. This video, “The Single Most Important Thing You Can Do For Your Stress,” goes over stress and its effects on health, and how we can better manage stress. It mentions ways that managing stress can lead to a happier and healthier life.

    The part that I found most interesting was when he said that things are not stressful, but the way we think about something creates stress. I have seen this idea working constantly in my life. I have to give myself a lot to do because I do not have time to stress about them. When I have few things to do and have time to overthink them, I get very stressed out. I have found that keeping myself busy with lots of things makes me much more productive and keeps me less stressed out.

    Later he also mentions attitude’s effects, and this is actually something I have been working on a lot lately. For most of my life, on a scale of positive to negative, I have almost always landed as a pessimist. By thinking that the worst outcome will happen, when that negative outcome actually happens, I am not disappointed. Similarly, if I think negatively and something good happens, it feels even more amazing. However, this has previously kept me under a high level of stress at all times. I am working on shifting towards being realistic, rather than being so negative about possible outcomes.

    I was able to practice Isha Kriya three times this week – once in my room before bed as usual, and twice in a new location. Recently, I have been working on several theatre shows at once and have had a hard time fitting my Isha Kriya (IK) into my routine. I wake up, go to class, go to rehearsal/a show, and have to go to sleep as soon as I get back to my room. However, I have enjoyed the benefits I have begun to see in my past practices – reduced anxiety, reduced stress, and reshaping of my priorities. Due to these benefits, I knew I wanted to try to work really hard to fit IK into my schedule wherever I possibly could this week. I decided to try to practice during the very few down times at rehearsal – especially because rehearsals cause my stress and anxiety levels to rise significantly. The first time I practiced at rehearsal, I was reminded of one of the first times I tried to practice. The noises around me were distracting and made it hard to stay within my practice at times. However, I did notice it had been slightly easier this time than it was that first time I practiced surrounded by other noises. This approach to the practice is definitely not ideal for me, but I was able to relax a little bit. The second time I practiced at rehearsal was a little bit easier. I tried to find a more secluded place during a break and was able to focus slightly more. Though I was able to practice my IK at rehearsal this week, I do not think it was the best way for me. I do not think I will practice this way in the future unless I do not have any other free time during the week.

    • Trying to find a perfect fit for your IK environment has proven to be challenging but its great that you did seek to experiment with an alternative place. Try to either awake 15 minutes earlier and/or make a timer for a slice of your day where you can give yourself 12 minutes. Try finding a restroom that you may use or a study hall in the library. Well stated essay, OM

  23. This video is very important because some people don’t recognize stress as a serious or complex reaction, but your body is changing quickly from being excited and relaxed to scared, vulnerable and stressed. Stress can be a chain reaction, to an even bigger problem with no solution, if you can’t seek help and manage it.

    I also agree that stress can help someone’s performance and make people thrive, but I think they know how to manage it and have stable and supportive people in their lives. This video explains the different ways that we can manage our stress. I believe that mindfulness and patience can help people become more self aware when stressed and certain techniques, breathing, yoga, meditation can help distract and treat how we view stress.

    When managing my stress, the IK practice comes in handy because it helps me think about my day and relax for a couple of minutes. When, I’m overwhelmed which is usually at night doing my homework, I often take a break to practice the IK and I practice it 4 times a week. I’ve noticed since I started that I know how to manage my stress, becoming more patient, and I learned about the positive outcomes of relaxing.

    -Melenie Warner

  24. I really liked the message that this video had to offer. It was extremely positive and uplifting and offered real solutions to stress and stress relief. Many people fall into those negative feelings of stress as a consequence of living, but people get caught up and entangled in it, not knowing how to get out. Yet the solution is simple: change the way you think.
    Change is a scary subject in general and usually makes people apprehensive about giving it a shot. They feel as though they lose control, but, sometimes its ok to let go of control and sometimes you will not have the luxury to control a situation around you. It is the way you think about this relinquishment of control that will alleviate stresses though. Focus on the things that make you happy, that you can choose to do (hobbies, friends, faith) instead of what you do not. Then, think positively and look at the glass half full, you have the power to do that. Lastly, trying to do something that helps you to reflect inward like yoga or meditation will help you to let go of stress and live in the moment while becoming more intimate with who you are.
    I feel as though these small adjustments to the way we think are beneficial and easy to follow. Just taking small steps and living life day by day without focusing on the things that are out of our control. That is to say that there won’t be obstacles in our way, but this way of thinking will definitely make life much easier and less stressful.

    This week, I practiced the IK four times; twice in the afternoon, twice at night. I practiced without the video for the first times and found that I no longer felt the need to rush and that my timing was pretty accurate. I noticed that without the video or the instructions, I was able to focus more introspectively and let go of the outside world. My mind wandered and was still. Afterwards, I felt more relaxed, yet energized and without stress. Each time I practice the IK, I believe it gets a bit easier to do.

  25. This video was extremely helpful and informative. It mentioned many tips I will now incorporate into my life. We forget that stress can be managed, we all just tend to freak out and cause and even worse scenario for ourselves. Having control was a big topic discussed, some people really stress and get upset over situations they are not in control of and I feel that really hit me because I tend to freak out over things I can not control or change. This video was very cool because it talked about stress in many aspects of ones life, and how humans make assumptions that later lead to more stress. One very interesting thing I picked up was that stress can actually be good if you know how to manage it and how mindfulness can help deal with it. Mindfulness combines many techniques such as breathing, meditating and just clearing your thoughts for a little. To start with stress relief you have to change your thoughts and your overall outlook of life.

  26. I found this assignment to be one of the more interesting ones and the video itself to be both informative and entertaining to watch. The visuals helped me in paying attention to the information presented and retain it. The video was abundant in information about stress and stress management. With stress, the common thought is that outside forces – such as work or other people – is the cause of one’s stress. To an extent, that is true, but what is also important to know is that people make those outside forces stressors for themselves. It is not difficult for people to blame others for any negativity in their lives without stopping to think on why they think negatively about themselves and others.

    With stress management, a simple answer to the problem of stress is to change your way of thinking, which may be easier said than done. Obviously, too much stress can be detrimental to both physical and mental health. But there is also an amount of stress that can be beneficial. The right amount of stress can be a source of motivation to keep going and accepting changes and overcoming obstacles, instead of seeing change as a negative thing. The 90-10 rule is a good example of a positive mindset for stress in life. Events in life, such as tragedies or natural disasters, can be unavoidable and do provoke a strong emotional response. But those events make up 10% of life. The other 90% is how you react to them. You can choose to accept what has happened and one day overcome that hurdle in life, or it can become a stressor.

    A healthy way of thinking is something that I still find difficulty in doing and it is still a work in progress for me. I do push things off to the side to the last minute or wish that they would disappear. To help relax myself, I have been practicing the Isha Kriya. I do it at night before bed when all of my work for the day has been completed. Even if my day, has been stressful, meditation can help me go to sleep with less stress.

  27. Watching and listening to this video really brought an understanding of what stress actually is. As an individual, I constantly stress myself out but I feel as though I never actually knew what that meant or what can be done to control it. I always would say I was stressed when I had a lot to get done and I just couldn’t juggle it all. But the video gave me the understanding that what causes stress is our own thoughts and that makes sense to me because when I am stressed thoughts are jumbled in my head about everything I have to do and that gives me the negative thoughts that make me worry and cause the stress. I understand that the way to make stress not happen as often is to change the way individuals think about the situations but that is difficult for me personally because I usually have so much that I don’t do anything but think negatively which is not good and sometimes ill try to include positive thoughts but it doesn’t always work the way it should. I want to start working on the way that I project my thoughts about everything I do because that can possibly help the fear that I often have an anxiety that I am in the process of working on.

    • Try to put in place one tool and keep working on it until you have success and then add another layer. Don’t try to take on everything at one time this makes you feel overwhelmed and then you give up. Namaste

  28. I liked this because I get stressed out very easily so I like hearing new methods for dealing with it. This was explained very well and I found it easy to understand which is good because I get confused easily. The guy made it sound very simple and easy to follow along with and he brought up some really good points about how stress can affect you. My mother talks a lot about this type of thing, and she sends me lots of articles about stress and different ways to deal with it, so I’d heard lots of the things in this video before, but I liked the way this video presented them, and I’m kind of a visual learner, so the animations really helped me to follow along.

    • Please invest more time in creating your essay for full credit, you need to review the subject matter, add contrasting or comparative sources and more about your impressions and experiences.

  29. Stress is one of the leading epidemics today. Everyone deals with their own level of stress and I do agree that we have control over how much we stress, how we handle it is the most important. I have learned a bit about CBT from a psychology class I took at my last college, we were given an assignment to record the progress of something and make charts showing the changes. I ended up finding an app called Moodnotes that is based entirely around CBT and rewiring your brain to think more positively, lessening the chances of falling into “thinking traps”. I found the the thinking traps the most interesting because I didn’t necessary think of them that way until identifying my own and they definitely were traps. It also was surprising to me how many they’re really are. One thing that the video mentioned was that the more the participants of the CBT study were involved with more sessions of therapy, the better they did. I think that is one of the most important things to changing something within your life, whether it’s a thinking habit or a physical habit, consistency. They begin talking about commitment, to a larger idea, I think of this mainly for myself with my school work, it is more important for me to show up for each class then to get worked up about missing an assignment, then missing a class due to that. Or pushing myself extremely hard to meet expectations that ultimately putting my health at risk. The next was control, there is a balance and understanding that you must have with control, knowing what is and isn’t within your control is so important and sometimes hard to accept. But not everything can be within your control, and whats really important in this context of control is always trying your best no matter what, that way when you lose control that you never really had and was trying to grasp, you can always say you tried your best. And personally for me this thought is extremely easing to my entire being. If you try harder then your best you end up burning yourself out and exhausting whatever it is you are working towards. The third is change, being about to adapt and accept change. Change happens all around us, and most times than not a lot of the change we go through is to help us move towards a larger goal/end point. This is extremely vital to movement itself, without being about to accept change, you end up resisting life itself in whatever aspect, and you end up moving slowing then you should be. Lastly talked about is ways of thinking, if you are in the process of a game and become to focused upon one thing or your mind is all over the place it is best to come back to the basics of whatever it is you are doing. Connecting your mind back with your body. Your body and your reactions definitely reflect your thoughts and how aware you are in the moment. Keep it simple. If you are able to conduct your stress properly it can help your overall wellbeing and performance. You are able to meet with reality in the moment rather than living in your head all the time or majority of the time.

  30. This was an incredibly interesting video. The video starts off with the fact that stress can have much more drastic and much more shortterm negative health outcomes than we thought(for instance, the fact that dutchmen who were watching their team during a soccer final had heartattacks). It also has more catholic effects on one’s health; high blood pressure, drug and alcohol use, decreased problem solving skills. The author of the video then proposes something radical to fix strees: change the way you think.One can use cognitive behavior therapy to do so. For instance countering bad thoughts with good thoughts. Another way is to not negatively predict what will happen and thus prevent yourself from doing it. Another method is mindfullness. For instance, meditation and yes yoga. The author presents a study that shows that patients who did mindfullness had decreased depression levels similar to those taking medicine.
    When it comes to cognitive behavioral therapy, I believe that it has its limits. For instance, a negative conversation in one’s mind is not solved by one positive counterpoint, as it will create a negative counterpoint in return. I believe that when it comes to theraputic ways of dealing with stress, one should use the psychodynamic approach of intropsection.
    Now its on to mindfulness. When I practice the Isha Kriya, I have a sense of peace and focus. Now that I have been doing it four times a week, I am starting to see an inner peace. I have been able to focus and start homework quicker. I have also been less tired after I finish an assignment

  31. This video was actually extremely helpful. I feel that myself, and possibly most people fall victim to stress because we simply do not understand, or believe that we have control over whether or not we become stressed which is very interesting to me. I now see that I have more control over my life and my future than I previously believed. Consistent practice of the Isha Kriya, in all honesty, has helped me to reduce stress greatly. After doing my Isha Kriya and paying more attention to the needs of my body and spirit I have found that I have gained more control over my ability to feel calm and happy.

    I think aside from taking control over your thoughts, listening to your body and spirit are very important. I have found that I am the most at peace after listening to and being attentive to the needs of my own body and spirit. I feel stronger and happier once those needs are met, and I often feel a lack of stress and more power over my own well being. Stress no longer is something that I have to fall victim to, the mind I have been gifted has the power to decide how my life will pan out.

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