Our Breakthrough Energy Expert Linda Binns shared energy tips for dealing with stress.
We all get stressed from time to time and it’s not realistic to think you will never feel stressed. There will often be something going on that you find stressful. The most important thing is how you deal with it. Here are some strategies to help:
When we are stressed one of the first thing that happens is our breathing becomes shallow. Taking a few minutes to focus on your breathing can help to calm your body down dramatically. Breathe in slowly to the count of 3, breathe out slowly to the count of 5. As you breathe in, make sure you breathe in to your abdomen, rather than your chest.
2. Identify what you’re feeling
It’s easy to become overwhelmed with different emotions and feelings, but there’s usually one dominant emotion that’s at the heart of what you’re feeling. See if you can identify it. For example, is it anger, sadness, fear, or a feeling of being ignored or disrespected?
3. Feel it in your body
Notice where you feel the emotion most in your body. Is it in your abdomen, your chest, your head or somewhere else? Close your eyes and put your attention onto that area. Breathe into it. Notice everything you can about it. Just doing this can help you feel better.
4. Be willing to learn what it’s really about
When you have a stressful reaction to someone or something it’s because an emotion inside you has been triggered. This emotion is already there, it wasn’t created by the person or situation, they have simply pushed the button to trigger the emotion. When you are willing to learn what’s really going on you can identify an unhealthy emotion or belief that is ready to be released.
5. Write it out
Writing can be very cathartic. Instead of keeping everything inside, write it all out. Write down what has happened and how you feel about it and what you want to do about it. This can help to release the stress from your body.
6. Write a letter
When somebody has upset you it can be very helpful to write a letter to them – don’t worry, you’re not going to send it. This gives you an opportunity to tell them exactly what they did, and how you feel about it. It gives you an opportunity to let all the negative and unhealthy emotion out, rather than holding it in. Once you’ve written the letter, destroy it.
7. Take a break
If you can, take a break from whatever is creating the stress – work on a different project or take a couple of hours off. Giving yourself permission to do something else and come back to the stressful problem can help you bring a new energy and clarity to it.
8. Get support
Sometimes you just need to talk through a particular problem and you’ll find yourself feeling better. Be careful that it doesn’t turn into a pity party, or that you continually dump your negative feelings onto others. Be open to any advice and suggestions that others have to offer in case they are helpful.
9. Get moving
Taking a walk outside or doing some other form of exercise can be a great stress reliever. If you’re outside, leave the earbuds at home and allow yourself to fully experience the sights and sounds of nature without interference. It will do you the world of good.
10. Make plenty of time for self-care
All work and no play results in stress for anybody. Make time for relaxation and fun and for doing things that are good for you, such as exercise and meditation. Take care of your body, mind and spirit.