William James said “The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another”.
We can also choose which brain state we want to be in.
There are many tech start ups that are going to offering neural headsets that work to induce meditative states by changing your brain wave frequency.
That is great and all, but just like relying on google, spellcheck, and many apps, we are falling into this trap of anointing technology as our saviour.
With that being said, here are the 5 Categories of Brain Waves
1. Gamma State: (30 — 100Hz) This is the state of hyperactivity and active learning. Gamma state is the most opportune time to retain information. This is why educators often have audiences jumping up and down or dancing around — to increase the likelihood of permanent assimilation of information. If over stimulated, it can lead to anxiety.
2. Beta State: (13 — 30Hz) Where we function for most of the day, Beta State is associated with the alert mind state of the prefrontal cortex. This is a state of the “working” or "thinking mind": analytical, planning, assessing and categorizing.
3. Alpha State: (9 — 13Hz) Brain waves start to slow down out of thinking mind. We feel more calm, peaceful and grounded. We often find ourselves in an “alpha state” after a yoga class, a walk in the woods, a pleasurable sexual encounter or during any activity that helps relax the body and mind. We are lucid, reflective, have a slightly diffused awareness. The hemispheres of the brain are more balanced (neural integration).
4. Theta State: (4 — 8Hz) We're able to begin meditation. This is the point where the verbal/thinking mind transitions to the meditative/visual mind. We begin to move from the planning mind to a deeper state of awareness (often felt as drowsy), with stronger intuition, more capacity for wholeness and complicated problem solving. The Theta state is associated with visualization.
5. Delta State: (1—3 Hz) Tibetan monks who have been meditating for decades can reach this in an alert, wakened phase, but most of us reach this final state during deep, dreamless sleep.
Here are a few techniques to deal with stress
Once you Let go and embrace the stress, you may start crying and will let the toxic energy out and can then move on.
Laughing at whatever it is; be it a cat tryying to jump a gap too large= is a metaphor for having unrealistic goals, or if its looking at animals or dressed up= embrace the idea of play!
I imagine a circle spinning and spinning like a centrifuge that separates the negative out. And just spin and spin and spin and spin. It helps to clear my head. Then i will do a destressor like a game or a walk or music. Basically meditate. Also, my first dmt trip i met an entity, it told me everything will be okay. I hold onto that as well. It always helps. At least some.
Stress or the fight-or-flight reaction causes cortisol to accumulate in body tissues. They slowly get released and keep you in a bad mood. Doing yoga can release the cortisol stress hormones from your body tissues. Doing regular yoga stretches released all sorts of toxins, industrial toxins as well... You can also use cilantro regularly to leech out heavy metals.
I once got energy rushing through little channels inside my body feeling like ants crawling everywhere because I did this breathing exercise:
-6 deep breaths
-6 more deep breaths counting to 8 each time you inhale.
1.) BREATHE 2.) breathe again 3.) Step outside of current situation triggering stress 4.) Analyze problem from all sides and take in every point of view, or opinion 5.) Assign value to the idea/problem while weighing it's worth in my life, and any outcome to result in keeping/removing 'It' from my life 6.)breathe 7.) breathe again 8.) take suitable action, IF ANY, to resolve the situation.