5 Minutes to Stress Relief
How to Release Fear, Worry and Doubt . . . Instantly
by Lauren Miller
Money and work are the leading causes of stress.
Stress is simply a signal within your body that gives you the opportunity to identify and adjust your perception of any situation. You are not a victim to life unless you choose to be, and many people who suffer from workplace stress fall into that category. Practice being the observer of your life instead of the reactor. Practice becoming a curious human being about everything that unfolds before you. When you play the part of watcher, you begin to remember that you have time to consider how you want to respond. Because we live in such a fast-paced society, we often fall victim to time. Carve out moments between what happens before you and your desired response to it. Practice slowing time down. By thinking before you react, you choose how you want to form your life.
Behind the Scenes of Stress
1. What am I afraid of? Behind every experience of anger is a fear. The next time you feel angry, ask yourself, ” What if I fail?” Know that your definition of failure flows directly from your belief system.
2. What will other people think? When we worry about what other people will think, we end up becoming our own publicist and exhaust ourselves by protecting our reputation. We stress out doing daily damage control when we could be putting that energy toward learning, growing, and creating solutions.
3. What am I worried about? The German word for worry means “to strangle” and the Greek word for worry means “to divide the mind.” The word doubt means to be uncertain about something. Most of the time, stress is felt when you doubt yourself and your ability to handle a situation.
4. Why do I feel disconnected and unsafe? Human beings need to feel safe and connected for inspiration, creativity, and productivity to take place. Positive feedback is a powerful motivator, and it can come from within, such as personal satisfaction and affirmation, or from coworkers and reviews. When you practice remembering your worth, the world around you will also begin to recognize and respond to it.
Quick Stress Relief tips that you can do in less than five minutes!
1. Create your own anchor. For example, close your eyes and think of a time that you felt profound peace and calm—perhaps you were standing on the beach or in the mountains. Engage your imagination and resurrect your sensory experiences around this memory: What did it look like, feel like, and sound like? Increase your connection to the positive emotional and sensory experiences around this memory and, at the peak state, choose your physical anchor: Make the “OK” sign (touch your thumb to your pointer finger and stick the remaining three fingers upward), clasp your hands together, and place your hand over your heart. Be creative! You will be able to resurrect this positive memory, and the emotions and senses that went with it, any time in your future.
2. Hourly movement. Nothing thrives when stagnant, so get up and move throughout your day. Take a one- to five-minute movement moment every hour. Have fun with it!
3. Noodle Release. Buy one of those swimming pool noodles that they use for flotation and cut it in half. The next time you feel ticked off and stressed, take your noodle and whack your bed, the couch, or any object that will not be damaged. Yell as you let out your anger. This is also a good stress relief technique for children as well.
Your perspective in life is extremely innovative and expedient at gathering information to support its view. If your perspective is one of negativity, such as “Nothing ever works out for me,” then evidence of that view will start showing up all around you. If your perspective is one of love, gratitude, and appreciation, which says, “Everything unfolds perfectly for me in life,” then the evidence will appear to support that view.
Remember: You choose every day of your life on Earth.
Source: Success Book Summaries