Stress is present almost everyday of our lives, and even if we wish for it to disappear we might not be able to….but we can certainly reduce how big it is and how much time it stays with us, once it shows up. Here are 4 ways that will help you reduce your stress almost instantly.
If you’re feeling stressed right now, stop whatever you’re doing because there are high chances that your stressor is part of it. Take a break for ten minutes and do a completely different activity that does not use the same type of skill. For example if you’re stressed while studying for your upcoming exam, stop studying, take a break and do something that doesn’t require any memory skills and focus. Go run outside, do some yoga or just walk for 10 minutes to enjoy the sun.
Meditation has been shown time and again to help reduce stress in a very efficient and fast way. I honestly don’t believe that there is a faster way than this, as little as 10 minutes could be enough to reduce a big stressor to nothing, and change your day in a major way. Right now, to reduce your stress in 5 minutes, HERE IS A SIMPLE EXERCISE that can do. Just follow your breath, click when you inhale, and click again when you exhale. That way you will follow your breathing, notice when you’re mind wanders to something else, and get back your calm very quickly.
Most stress comes from our own thoughts trying to convince us that things could get ugly “I won’t have time to finish this”, “I’m gonna do poorly on my interview”, “People must think I’m stupid for making this mistake”. Because we don’t like those thoughts we try to avoid them and it just makes them stay longer and become stronger. A good way for them to go away is to...talk about it with someone else. This will give you a second chance to see those thoughts from the exterior and realize what they really are: just thoughts that are not by a long shot like reality.
Everything that happens to us is there for a reason, if you’re stressed your body and mind are trying to get you to change your habits and lead you toward your own happiness. You need to listen, and the only time to listen is right now. Mindfulness, or the ability to look at our experience moment by moment non-judgmentally, is what will help you eventually get over your stress for good. Here is another exercise you can follow to do just that, know as a body scan. Get in a comfortable position, feel all parts of your body from head to toes (head, shoulders, arms, chest, waist, legs, feets). Take your time to look at the different sensations, it should take you no longer than 10 minutes.
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18 October 2017