LBL Stress Management Techniques
“Stress is a normal psychological and physical reaction to the demands of life. A small amount of stress can be good, motivating you to perform well. But multiple challenges daily, such as sitting in traffic, meeting deadlines and paying bills, can push you beyond your ability to cope.”
~ Reference: www.mayoclinic.org ~
Stress is more of a mental and/or emotional response to certain situations that may lead to physical symptoms including rapid breathing, headaches, trembling, palpitations and low energy among a few others. In this write-up, I’ll be sharing 4 easy and practical techniques to help manage and deal with the kind of stress that is caused by day-to-day challenges. Chances are you already know this stuff but may have not done any of it up-until this point. Oh well, I guess we all need gentle nudges and reminders from time to time. Read on and try these out for yourself. You’ll be glad you did! 🙂
- Eating healthy, eating well:
You are what you eat. People often confuse diet with healthy eating habits. While the word ‘dieting’ itself can give you stress (c’mon,
everybody loves food), thinking about ‘nutrition’ and ‘health’ when you fix yourself a meal can give you great delicious cooking ideas. Including greens, nuts, fruits and foods rich in Vitamin B12 in your everyday meal can actually prove extremely beneficial in managing your stress levels. Although there are plenty of meal plans available on the internet today, but it is still a good idea to consult a professional nutritionist so that you don’t end up eating things that don’t suit your body or give you allergies. Keeping the right quantity in mind is important too. ‘Healthy eating’ does not come with a “as much as you want to eat” tag.
As one of the physical symptoms of stress is rapid breathing, try this technique as and when needed to bring your breathing back to normal –
- Lie down straight on your back on a flat surface (if you’re unable to because of your surroundings or whatever reasons, sit down comfortably with your feet flat on the ground) with one hand resting on your chest and the other on your bellybutton. Also, it doesn’t matter which hand is placed where. (If you’re driving and feel a sudden need to relax or calm down, park your car somewhere safe, make sure it is locked from the inside – purely for safety reasons, push your seat back and place one hand on your chest and the other
on your bellybutton.)
- Breathe out once through your mouth slowly, close your eyes and loosen up your whole body from head to toe. Give yourself a couple of minutes to do this.
- Then take a deep slow breath right into your abdomen through your nose, hold it in for 2 seconds, then exhale through your mouth through slightly parted lips very VERY slowly. You know that you’re doing it correctly if you notice the hand on your stomach moving up and down as you breathe while the hand on your chest stays still.
Continue breathing like this for about 3 to 5 minutes or till you feel your breath getting normal once again. And honestly, why wait for something to go wrong for you to practice this technique? Make it a part of your daily routine. Do it every day at least twice a day for 7 to 10 minutes. In just a week you’ll start to notice positive permanent changes in you.
At least three days in a week, if you can’t every day, for up to 60 minutes a day. If the mundane 40 minutes brisk walk routine is not your
thing, not a problem. Pick up something fun and exciting for yourself – a dance form, a sport, martial arts, hatha yoga… Anything that goes well with YOU. It doesn’t matter what others are doing, because they’re only doing what they find enjoyable based on their nature, mindset and thought process. You’re you. Find and do YOUR thing. Remember, you’re living your life – not others’ stories.
- Meditation, Healing Visualizations and/or Self Hypnosis:
Hmm. Now this one’s a little tricky. If you have learnt it from somewhere and know it, you’ve got it. If not… Well… Like many others I’d too suggest checking out some guided meditation audios available on YouTube (and yes, some of them truly are amazing) but at the same time I would also recommend learning the techniques yourself from an expert practitioner. Being a
Certified Hypnotherapist and Past Life Regression Therapist myself, to be able to do this on my own and having the discipline and self-control needed for these practices is far more satisfying and empowering any given day than being guided by a faceless unfamiliar voice. It makes me feel self-sufficient and independent, like I’m the master of my own mind and my own life.
When I teach meditation, healing visualisations and self-hypnosis to my clients, I only guide them till we’re both sure that they know the techniques well enough. After that, they don’t have to be dependent on me or anyone else to steer them to positivity. Then they’re the ones behind the wheels. And naturally, if you know well how to drive/ride and are the one driving your car or riding your bike, why would you want someone else to press the brake, accelerator, clutch and shift gear for you?
If you wish to connect with US to learn more such techniques that’ll help you improve the quality of your life and make YOU the MASTER of your mind and your life, you can call us on 7042321200 between 11am to 5pm during weekdays (Monday to Saturday) OR visit: www.lifebeforelives.com to read more write-ups that may help you one way or the other.
Now, like I pointed at the beginning of this article, chances are you already know this stuff but may have not done any of it up-until this point. This was just that gentle nudge and reminder you were looking for. So go right ahead, try these out for yourself. You’ll be glad you did! 🙂