Finding and Embracing Serenity in El Paso

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By Jane Sandwood

El Paso is known as a unique environment that embraces biculturalism and a laid-back yet vibrant lifestyle. With its rich history, gastronomic culture, lively bar scene and independent art and underground movements, it is also an excellent choice for families wishing to get away from the stress of it all, thanks to a plethora of areas for hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing and camping. If stress relief isn’t an important choice in determining where you live, it should be. Statistics indicate that there are major health consequences of living in a constant state of anxiousness; so much so that serenity should be as much of a priority aim as good food, quality sleep and regular exercise.

How stress shortens lives

Everyone knows the short-term effects of stress. These include headaches, muscle tension, chest pain, fatigue and more. In the long run, stress can cause serious problems such as heart disease, Type 2 diabetes and obesity. It can also contribute to two mental conditions affecting millions worldwide: depression and anxiety. Being stressed essentially involves being in ‘fight or flight’ mode all the time; when we are preparing to battle or flee for an enemy, our heart rate rises, we take in more shallow breaths, our muscles tense up. We need to be in this state when we are facing real danger (such as an attacker or a house fire), but when there is no immediate emergency yet our stress hormones are allowed to run rife indefinitely, the result is ill health.

Taking the bull by the horns

Stress prevention involves more than taking an occasional break to recharge batteries. It requires a proactive strategy which ranges from a sound nutritional regimen right through to a pampering day at a spa. In essence, it must tackle stress physically, mentally, and emotionally. When it comes to exercise, try to enjoy a mix of cardiovascular, strength and holistic pursuits. The latter comprise activities such as yoga, Tai Chi or mindfulness meditation which have been found in numerous studies to reduce levels of stress hormone, cortisol.

Yoga for healing

Yoga is currently enjoying a boom on a global scale. It hones strength and flexibility but has also been found to improve mood and vitality. Thus, it forms part of treatment plans for those battling substance abuse and other health issues in which stress can be a trigger. More than just a hobby, yoga is a lifestyle that encourages emotional supportive ideals such as self-compassion. Far from being an egotistical pursuit, self-compassion simply involves being as kind to yourself as you would to others. Thus, you may learn to take a break when you are feeling stressed, enjoy a pampering spa session every now and then or schedule that holiday you have been putting off too long.

Embracing a healthy diet

When it comes to diet, shun refined foods and sugary beverages, opting instead for foods that can cut levels of cortisol and adrenaline and boost your immune system against the effects of stress. Opt for healthy carbohydrates (which the brain needs to make ‘feel good neurotransmitter’, serotonin). Finally, don’t forget to consume wild salmon and other products containing Omega-3 essential fatty acids (the latter boost brain health by battling inflammation and anxiety).

Stress relief in El Paso

There are lots of free activities that one can do in El Paso to relieve stress. There are a plethora of studios which focus on holistic activities. The Meditation Studio will teach you how to use the millenary practice beyond stress relief. It will also teach you to view life through a more positive lens. TM El Paso, meanwhile, helps you harness your inner peace and wellness through the art of transcendental meditation. 

We know that stress can harm our quality of life and our overall health; rather than sitting back and chalking it to the necessary demands of life, why not take the steps we need to reduce its effects? Something as simple as controlled breathing can bring our heart rate decrease and instill a more mindful mood. By keeping the mind ‘in the present moment’ instead racing towards the future, we can begin to enjoy greater happiness while stopping stress from impairing both the quality and length of our lives.

Photo by Jacob Postuma

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