BY LEO BABAUTA

Stress is a killer. It contributes to health problems, unhappiness, depression, relationship problems, and more.

We’re always going to have some stress in our lives, but how can we manage it?

By finding the cause, and working with that cause.

In my mindfulness experiments, I’ve found that the root cause of stress is clinging to things. We cling to the hope that things will go as we expected or planned, and then get stressed trying to make that happen, or frustrated when it doesn’t.

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Codependency Self-Test

Indicate your agreement or disagreement with the following statements:
1. I am in a significant relationship with someone who is addicted to a substance or a behavior, someone who is depressed, or someone who is very needy. Yes___ No___
2. I often feel the weight of responsibility for others’ happiness and well being. Yes___ No___
3. I can’t say “no” without feeling guilty.… read more

MOM-final-cover1Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Lissa Rankin of 6 Steps To Healing Yourself.

Take a moment and check in with yourself. How is your body feeling right in this moment? If you’re generally healthy, check in for subtle symptoms. Is your neck feeling tense? Does your lower back ache? Do you have a headache? Are you exhausted — again?

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Tied in Knots
The Journey of Release

When we become overwhelmed and things are not going as planned, it is natural to hold tighter to our goals and try to force things to go our way. In the process, we tie ourselves in knots, tensing our shoulders, jaws, and muscles throughout our bodies. Our mind tells us that this is how to get a firmer grip on a situation that feels out of control, but as we create knots in our bodies we are blocking the flow of our energy, exhausting ourselves by exerting more effort yet accomplishing less.read more