reducing stress

Excess stress and anger are the leading causes of a condition known as Liver-function disorder. Traditional Chinese medicine recognizes Liver-function disorder as a primary cause of breast cancer. Although it is impossible in today’s world to completely eliminate stress and anger from your life, you can find healthy ways of dealing with these emotions. Here are four tips based on the principles of traditional Chinese medicine:

1. Take Breaks

Most of us spend our days dashing from one hectic environment to the next. Rushing into a stressful situation when you're already stressed out takes a tremendous toll on your energy. That's why it's so important to interrupt this pattern by taking a few short breaks throughout the day.

Give yourself two minutes to relax as often as you can. Just close your eyes and take a few slow, deep breaths. Don't worry about how much work you have to do. The two minutes you invest will more than make up for itself in increased productivity. Whatever it is you're about to do, you'll do it faster and better if you're relaxed.

A good time to do this is whenever you change tasks, for example, before starting your car, before turning on your computer, or before cooking a meal. (You can even try it now, before you read the next tip.)

2. Just be Angry

All of us have been angry at some point in our lives, but for the most part we don't know what it feels like to be angry. Instead of just feeling angry, we're busy thinking of a snappy comeback or some other form of retaliation.We may even scold ourselves for feeling angry or be anxious the angry feelings may overcome us and cause foolish or dangerous actions. Most of us never give ourselves the opportunity to allow the emotion to fully run its course.

The next time you get angry, pay attention to your body. Feel the physical changes. Feel what it's like to be angry. It's that simple. Don't try to suppress the anger, just feel it. Give yourself the opportunity to fully process the anger, so when it's done, it's really done.

3. Scream

This is an easy one. Just scream. Scream as loud as you want. Scream however you want. Really let loose. Don't be self-conscious when you scream. The goal is to let it all go, and you won't be able to do that if you're worried about what others are thinking about you. Your car is a good place to scream. If you can't find a private place to scream, ask those around you to join in. You never know: They may have been looking for a safe place to scream, too.

4. Hurl Eggs

This may sound odd, but it works. You'll want to hurl at least a dozen, preferably two dozen. A good place to do this is the shower lined with a trash bag. Or throw the eggs into your compost pile. This technique has been used in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) for centuries to relieve anger and stress. It is the energy of breaking the eggs that helps relieve your own stress. Try it … you’ll be happy you bought two dozen!

Although hurling eggs may seem similar to other stress-relief techniques such as hitting a pillow or punching a bag, TCM does not recommend hitting anything to relieve stress. As Newton's third law of physics states, "Every action has an equal and opposite reaction." When you hit something out of anger, you get just as much angry energy directed back at you!

letting go

Having balanced emotions doesn't mean never being angry, sad, worried or fearful. These feelings are natural for everyone. If, however, we get stuck in these emotions or hold on to them chronically, they can wreak havoc on our health.

How do you let go of negative emotions? Sometimes this is easier said than done, but it is not impossible. Start by trying to see things that upset you from a different angle. Remind yourself that your way of looking at a set of circumstances, is just that … your way. There are other ways. Challenge yourself to think of a different, more positive way to see things.

Everything happens for a reason. There is always a positive aspect to events we perceive as negative. If something is bothering you, try to identify what the positive outcomes are. Change your outlook, and the things that used to bother you will bother you less. Soon they won't bother you at all!

Don’t Waste Your Energy on the Past

Sometimes anger and sadness can sap our energy; they can be very deep-seated. We may not even be aware they are there at all. For example, few of us would consider ourselves angry or sad people, yet many of us waste our energy dwelling on things that upset us long ago. The events may be in the past, yet we spend precious energy reacting to it today. We hold on to experiences when the healthy thing is to let go. Every now and then, we take these event out and look at them, then put them away, saving them for another day.

Whenever you start thinking about the past, just remember: You don't need it anymore! There are other parts of your life that are more deserving of energy and attention, right here, right now.