I don’t want to die.

The girl next to me screams “I don’t want to die. I don’t want to die.” The plane feels like it’s going to fall from the sky. She is saying what everyone else on the plane is thinking, including myself. Then, she begins to hyperventilate.

Our bodies are a vessel for expression of our emotions and feelings. Changes in our physiology are part of that expression, like sweat, breath, and heart rate. When you encounter a stressful situation, your body responds physically and we carry that energy around with us. After animals experience trauma, they shake off their stress. How do we as humans learn to “shake it off”?

Do you ever find that your reaction doesn’t match the situation? While moving house last week, I raised my voice at my boyfriend when he declined to let me carry a bag. What?! Why would I do that, oh, yeah, moving is stressful. Stress manifest itself in the body and it has to come out in some way. Sometimes that release is emotion.

What about past stress that has stayed with us? What tools are available to help us be better prepared to deal with stressful situations?

On this month’s Be More Awesome in 5 Minutes or Less vlog, learn about meditation as a powerful ally in the fight against stress in The 5 Myths of Meditation. You can watch it here on YouTube:

Don’t carry the weight of the world on your shoulders, learn to meditate!