How To Stress Less: Dr. Deepak Chopra’s Tips To Ease Anxiety | TODAY

>>> WE ARE BACK WITH OUR SPECIAL >>> WE ARE BACK WITH OUR SPECIAL SERIES STRESS LESS TODAY WITH SERIES STRESS LESS TODAY WITH APRIL BEING NATIONAL STRESS APRIL BEING NATIONAL STRESS AWARENESS MONTH. AWARENESS MONTH. >> THAT’S RIGHT. >> THAT’S RIGHT. NEARLY EIGHT IN TEN AMERICANS NEARLY EIGHT IN TEN AMERICANS SAY THEY FEEL STRESS IN THEIR SAY THEY FEEL STRESS IN THEIR DAILY LIVES. DAILY LIVES. THE MOST COMMON SOURCES THE THE MOST COMMON SOURCES THE FUTURE OF OUR NATION, WORK, FUTURE OF OUR NATION, WORK, MONEY, HEALTH, THE POLITICAL MONEY, HEALTH, THE POLITICAL CLIMATE. CLIMATE. >> HERE WITH SOME TIPS TO HELP >> HERE WITH SOME TIPS TO HELP US COMBAT THOSE FRUSTRATING US COMBAT THOSE FRUSTRATING FEELINGS, THE ONE, THE ONLY, DR. FEELINGS, THE ONE, THE ONLY, DR. DEEPAK CHOPRA, HE IS A DEEPAK CHOPRA, HE IS A WORLD-RENOWNED LEADER IN WORLD-RENOWNED LEADER IN MEDICINE, A BEST-SELLING AUTHOR MEDICINE, A BEST-SELLING AUTHOR OF 85 BOOKS WITH 15 MILLION OF 85 BOOKS WITH 15 MILLION SOCIAL MEDIA FOLLOWERS. SOCIAL MEDIA FOLLOWERS. IF THAT’S NOT ENOUGH, HE HAS A IF THAT’S NOT ENOUGH, HE HAS A NEW PODCAST, DAILY BREATH, TO NEW PODCAST, DAILY BREATH, TO HELP US CHILL OUT IN FIVE HELP US CHILL OUT IN FIVE MINUTES OR LESS. MINUTES OR LESS. DR. CHOPRA, THANK YOU. DR. CHOPRA, THANK YOU. >> GOOD MORNING. >> GOOD MORNING. >> SO CALMING. >> SO CALMING. >> I KNOW. >> I KNOW. YOU HAVE LIKE 12 JOBS. YOU HAVE LIKE 12 JOBS. HOW DO YOU STAY STRESS FREE? HOW DO YOU STAY STRESS FREE? HOW DO YOU REDUCE THE STRESS? HOW DO YOU REDUCE THE STRESS? >> STRESS IS THE PERCEPTION OF A >> STRESS IS THE PERCEPTION OF A THREATENING THOUGHT. THREATENING THOUGHT. IF YOU DON’T IDENTIFY WITH IT, IF YOU DON’T IDENTIFY WITH IT, THEN THERE IS NO STRESS. THEN THERE IS NO STRESS. THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS PEACE THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS PEACE OF MIND. OF MIND. THAT’S AN OXYMORON. THAT’S AN OXYMORON. PEACE IS WHEN THERE IS ABSENCE PEACE IS WHEN THERE IS ABSENCE OF MIND. OF MIND. ABSENCE OF THOUGHT. ABSENCE OF THOUGHT. >> IS IT JUST YOU TRAIN YOUR >> IS IT JUST YOU TRAIN YOUR BRAIN? BRAIN? LIKE IF THERE IS CHAOS AROUND LIKE IF THERE IS CHAOS AROUND YOU AND YOU WANT TO KEEP CALM, YOU AND YOU WANT TO KEEP CALM, HOW DO YOU DO THAT? HOW DO YOU DO THAT? >> GET IN TOUCH WITH YOUR CORE >> GET IN TOUCH WITH YOUR CORE BEING, WHICH IS PRIOR TO BEING, WHICH IS PRIOR TO THOUGHT. THOUGHT. I CAN SHOW YOU HOW TO DO THAT. I CAN SHOW YOU HOW TO DO THAT. >> WALK US THROUGH SOME TIPS. >> WALK US THROUGH SOME TIPS. THESE ARE THINGS FOLKS AT HOME THESE ARE THINGS FOLKS AT HOME WILL BE ABLE TO DO AS WELL. WILL BE ABLE TO DO AS WELL. >> RIGHT NOW LOOK AT ME. >> RIGHT NOW LOOK AT ME. FOCUS EYES. FOCUS EYES. INSTEAD OF LOOKING AT ME, BE INSTEAD OF LOOKING AT ME, BE AWARE OF THE SPACE IN WHICH WE AWARE OF THE SPACE IN WHICH WE ARE RIGHT NOW. ARE RIGHT NOW. IN THIS SPACE HAVE A VAGUE IN THIS SPACE HAVE A VAGUE AWARENESS OF YOUR OWN BODY AND AWARENESS OF YOUR OWN BODY AND EVERYTHING ELSE HAPPENING, BUT EVERYTHING ELSE HAPPENING, BUT BASICALLY SOFTEN YOUR EYES AND BASICALLY SOFTEN YOUR EYES AND BE IN THE SPACE. BE IN THE SPACE. YOUR MIND IS RIGHT NOW SILENT. YOUR MIND IS RIGHT NOW SILENT. ISN’T IT? ISN’T IT? >> YEAH. >> YEAH. >> I WAS THINKING ABOUT — >> I WAS THINKING ABOUT — >> FOCUS AND SOFT EYES. >> FOCUS AND SOFT EYES. DO THAT THREE, FOUR TIMES A DAY. DO THAT THREE, FOUR TIMES A DAY. >> OKAY. >> OKAY. >> THERE IS ALSO A TIP INVOLVING >> THERE IS ALSO A TIP INVOLVING BREATHING. BREATHING. >> YES. >> YES. SO WHEN YOU ALTERNATE BREATHING SO WHEN YOU ALTERNATE BREATHING IN ASSISTNOSTRILS, YOU SYNCHRONI IN ASSISTNOSTRILS, YOU SYNCHRONI THE BREATHING. THE BREATHING. PUT YOUR HANDS IN YOUR ARMPITS PUT YOUR HANDS IN YOUR ARMPITS AND TAKE A DEEP BREATH INTO THE AND TAKE A DEEP BREATH INTO THE COUNT OF FOUR SLOWLY, SLOWLY. COUNT OF FOUR SLOWLY, SLOWLY. THEN EXHALE TO THE COUNT OF THEN EXHALE TO THE COUNT OF FOUR. FOUR. >> WHY HANDS HERE? >> WHY HANDS HERE? >> NOW YOU SWITCH. >> NOW YOU SWITCH. SO YOU TAKE THE LOWER HAND AND SO YOU TAKE THE LOWER HAND AND YOU PUT IT WHERE THE UPPER HAND YOU PUT IT WHERE THE UPPER HAND WAS BEFORE. WAS BEFORE. AND ONCE YOU SWITCH AND REPEAT AND ONCE YOU SWITCH AND REPEAT THE SAME PROCESS. THE SAME PROCESS. >> MY ARMS ARE SWEATY. >> MY ARMS ARE SWEATY. >> NOW YOU ARE ACTIVATING THE >> NOW YOU ARE ACTIVATING THE NOSTRILS AND DIFFERENT HEM NOSTRILS AND DIFFERENT HEM SPHERES OF YOUR BRAIN. SPHERES OF YOUR BRAIN. >> I SMELL HODA. >> I SMELL HODA. >> COUNT TO FOUR ON THE INHALE >> COUNT TO FOUR ON THE INHALE AND COUNT TO FOUR ON THE EXHALE. AND COUNT TO FOUR ON THE EXHALE. >> WHAT IS THIS DOING? >> WHAT IS THIS DOING? BRING YURG HEART RATE DOWN? BRING YURG HEART RATE DOWN? IT’S TAKING THE STRESS AWAY? IT’S TAKING THE STRESS AWAY? >> STIMULATE THE NERVE IN THE >> STIMULATE THE NERVE IN THE BODY CALLED THE VAGAL NERVE. BODY CALLED THE VAGAL NERVE. IT’S SO-CALLED BECAUSE IT’S IT’S SO-CALLED BECAUSE IT’S RELATED TO THE ENGLISH WORD RELATED TO THE ENGLISH WORD VAGABOND. VAGABOND. IT GOES EVERYWHERE. IT GOES EVERYWHERE. WHEN YOU STIMULATE THAT VAGAL WHEN YOU STIMULATE THAT VAGAL NERVE, YOUR HEART RATE SLOWS NERVE, YOUR HEART RATE SLOWS DOWN, BREATHING SLOWS DOWN, YOU DOWN, BREATHING SLOWS DOWN, YOU FEEL RELAXED. FEEL RELAXED. RIGHT NOW THE WORLD IS ON RIGHT NOW THE WORLD IS ON SYMPATHETIC OVERDRIVE. SYMPATHETIC OVERDRIVE. TOO MUCH STRESS. TOO MUCH STRESS. THE OPPOSITE IS THE PAIR THE OPPOSITE IS THE PAIR SYMPATHETIC NERVOUS SYSTEM. SYMPATHETIC NERVOUS SYSTEM. >> I HAVE AN ANXIETY DISORDER I >> I HAVE AN ANXIETY DISORDER I TALK ABOUT. TALK ABOUT. WHEN PEOPLE MEET ME, THEY ASK WHEN PEOPLE MEET ME, THEY ASK WHAT WORKS? WHAT WORKS? WE ARE AN ANXIOUS SOCIETY. WE ARE AN ANXIOUS SOCIETY. I USE MUSCLE TENSION RELAXATION. I USE MUSCLE TENSION RELAXATION. I TENSE UP AND LET GO. I TENSE UP AND LET GO. AS I’M LETTING GO AND FEELING AS I’M LETTING GO AND FEELING THE TINGLING, I AM REPROGRAMMING THE TINGLING, I AM REPROGRAMMING MY MIND TO ZERO. MY MIND TO ZERO. >> THAT’S RIGHT. >> THAT’S RIGHT. WHAT’S WHAT WE DID IN WAY WHEN WHAT’S WHAT WE DID IN WAY WHEN WE FOCUSED AND RELAXED WITH THE WE FOCUSED AND RELAXED WITH THE EYES. EYES. >> WHAT DO YOU SAY TO PEOPLE WHO >> WHAT DO YOU SAY TO PEOPLE WHO ARE WATCHING WHO ARE ANXIOUS ARE WATCHING WHO ARE ANXIOUS EVERY DAY? EVERY DAY? >> THE PURPOSE OF OUR EXISTENCE >> THE PURPOSE OF OUR EXISTENCE IS TO MAXIMIZE THE EXPERIENCE OF IS TO MAXIMIZE THE EXPERIENCE OF INNATE JOY AND HAPPINESS, TO INNATE JOY AND HAPPINESS, TO MAXIMIZE OUR CAPACITY FOR LOVE, MAXIMIZE OUR CAPACITY FOR LOVE, TO UNLEASH OUR CRAVEEATIVE TO UNLEASH OUR CRAVEEATIVE POTENTIAL AND BE HEALTHY. POTENTIAL AND BE HEALTHY. REMEMBER THAT, EVERYTHING ELSE REMEMBER THAT, EVERYTHING ELSE IS TAKEN CARE OF. IS TAKEN CARE OF. >> WE HAVE SOME FAKE GRASS. >> WE HAVE SOME FAKE GRASS. WE WANTED TO SHOW FOLKS AT HOME WE WANTED TO SHOW FOLKS AT HOME ANOTHER TECHNIQUE THAT YOU HAVE ANOTHER TECHNIQUE THAT YOU HAVE TALKED ABOUT. TALKED ABOUT. >> WELL, WHEN YOU TAKE OFF YOUR >> WELL, WHEN YOU TAKE OFF YOUR SHOES AND SOCKS AND JUST WALK ON SHOES AND SOCKS AND JUST WALK ON THE GRASS — THE GRASS — >> WHAT’S AT THE ROOT OF THIS? >> WHAT’S AT THE ROOT OF THIS? GROUNDING YOURSELF? GROUNDING YOURSELF? >> YES, WALK ON THE GRASS OR THE >> YES, WALK ON THE GRASS OR THE BEACH OR THE GROUND. BEACH OR THE GROUND. AND WHAT HAPPENS IS NEGATIVE AND WHAT HAPPENS IS NEGATIVE IONS COME FROM THE EARTH INTO IONS COME FROM THE EARTH INTO YOUR BODY, NEUTRALIZE THE YOUR BODY, NEUTRALIZE THE RADICALS THAT ARE IN YOUR BODY RADICALS THAT ARE IN YOUR BODY DAY. DAY. NEUTRALIZES STRESS. NEUTRALIZES STRESS. INFLAMMATION GOES DOWN. INFLAMMATION GOES DOWN. BY CONNECTING WITH THE EARTH BY CONNECTING WITH THE EARTH DIRECTLY, YOU RESET YOUR DIRECTLY, YOU RESET YOUR BIOLOGICAL RHYTHM. BIOLOGICAL RHYTHM. THIS A GOOD THING TO DO. THIS A GOOD THING TO DO. >> SUNNY HAD AN ACCIDENT OVER >> SUNNY HAD AN ACCIDENT OVER THERE. THERE. >> WHAT ABOUT MEDITATION, >> WHAT ABOUT MEDITATION, DOCTOR? DOCTOR? WHAT IS THE ACTUAL DEFINITION OF WHAT IS THE ACTUAL DEFINITION OF THAT? THAT? >> MEDITATION IS TO GO TO THE >> MEDITATION IS TO GO TO THE SOURCE OF THOUGHT AND BEYOND SOURCE OF THOUGHT AND BEYOND THOUGHT. THOUGHT. SO THESE DAYS THERE ARE MANY SO THESE DAYS THERE ARE MANY WAYS TO DO IT. WAYS TO DO IT. MINDFUL AWARENESS OF ANY MINDFUL AWARENESS OF ANY EXPERIENCE. EXPERIENCE. WHEN YOU ARE FULLY PRESENT IN WHEN YOU ARE FULLY PRESENT IN THE MOMENT, WHATEVER EXPERIENCE THE MOMENT, WHATEVER EXPERIENCE YOU ARE HAVING, THAT’S A FORM OF YOU ARE HAVING, THAT’S A FORM OF MEDITATION. MEDITATION. BUT ALSO SELF-REFLECTION. BUT ALSO SELF-REFLECTION. WHO AM I? WHO AM I? WHAT DO I WANT? WHAT DO I WANT? WHAT’S MY PURPOSE? WHAT’S MY PURPOSE? WHAT MAKES ME GRATEFUL? WHAT MAKES ME GRATEFUL? AND ULTIMATELY THE WAYS TO AND ULTIMATELY THE WAYS TO TRANSCEND THROUGH MANTRA TRANSCEND THROUGH MANTRA PRACTICE, TO GO BEYOND THOUGHT. PRACTICE, TO GO BEYOND THOUGHT. >> DO YOU EVER GET ANGRY >> DO YOU EVER GET ANGRY YOURSELF? YOURSELF? DO YOU FIND YOURSELF, TRAFFIC IN DO YOU FIND YOURSELF, TRAFFIC IN L.A., WANTING TO SCREAM AND L.A., WANTING TO SCREAM AND YELL? YELL? >> IT’S A WASTE OF ENERGY. >> IT’S A WASTE OF ENERGY. >> YOU ARE THIS TRANQUIL AND >> YOU ARE THIS TRANQUIL AND CALM ALL DAY EVERY DAY? CALM ALL DAY EVERY DAY? >> ALL THE TIME. >> ALL THE TIME. >> WOW. >> WOW. >> HE IS NOT HERE FOR YOUR >> HE IS NOT HERE FOR YOUR SHENANIGANS. SHENANIGANS. >> WHAT ABOUT OUR PHONES? >> WHAT ABOUT OUR PHONES? DO THEY GET IN THE WAY? DO THEY GET IN THE WAY? >> YOU HAVE TO SCHEDULE. >> YOU HAVE TO SCHEDULE. SO I SCHEDULE SOCIAL MEDIA TIME SO I SCHEDULE SOCIAL MEDIA TIME AND PHONE TIME. AND PHONE TIME. AND LIKE I SCHEDULE MEDITATION AND LIKE I SCHEDULE MEDITATION TIME OR EXERCISE. TIME OR EXERCISE. HEALTH RELATIONSHIP TIME. HEALTH RELATIONSHIP TIME. >> THANK YOU SO MUCH. >> THANK YOU SO MUCH. >> THANK YOU, DOCTOR. >> THANK YOU, DOCTOR. WE APPRECIATE IT. WE APPRECIATE IT. >> HE IS GOING TO BE WITH HODA >> HE IS GOING TO BE WITH HODA AND JENNA TOMORROW TO TALK ABOUT AND JENNA TOMORROW TO TALK ABOUT BUILDING A SUCCESSFUL TEAM. BUILDING A SUCCESSFUL TEAM. ALSO WE ARE GOING TO HAVE MORE ALSO WE ARE GOING TO HAVE MORE WAYS TO STRESS LESS ALL WEEK, WAYS TO STRESS LESS ALL WEEK, INCLUDING HOW YOUR STRESS COULD INCLUDING HOW YOUR STRESS COULD BE IMPACTING YOUR KIDS. BE IMPACTING YOUR KIDS. WE WILL LOOK AT THAT LATER THIS WE WILL LOOK AT THAT LATER THIS WEEK. WEEK. WE ARE BACK IN A MOMENT.

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