3 Stress Busting Tips

Keeping Calm Tip #1 Cut stress off at the source

We need a simple yet effective technique that’s going to tackle the stress as soon as we’re aware of it.

Quicker, shallower breathing is the first trigger which sets off all the other stress symptoms. So, when you control your breathing you control any other stress symptoms as well.

If you purposely breathe out longer than you breathe in, your body has to calm down (regardless of what tricks your imagination is playing on you). It’s hardwired into your nervous system; there’s simply no way round it for your body. We call this deep connective breathing. This kind of breathing releases tension, relaxes the mind/body and brings clarity, and relieves emotional tension. So breathe in to the count of seven and out for eleven.

If you do this for a minute or so, you’ll be amazed how quickly you’ve calmed down.

Start practising this today.

“To fear is one thing. To let fear grab you by the tail and swing you around is another.” – Katherine Paterson

Keeping Calm Tip #2 Taking control of your imagination

If you get stressed or anxious about an upcoming event such as having to speak with a staff member about a tricky issue, or an important order that may be delayed, or next week’s performance review, you’ll notice that just thinking about the event will start to cause physical responses – like butterflies in the stomach, quickening pulse, your palms getting moist, you start breathing more quickly and so on.

So even thinking about the discussion, the order, or the review primes your body to become even more anxious in the actual situation and so the vicious cycle continues.

Using your deep connective breathing whilst imagining the upcoming situation ahead of time calms the association down, priming your mind to feel more relaxed naturally and automatically when the actual situation arrives.

This method of taking control of your ‘imaginary’ thinking and the fear response is life-changing. Take it seriously. Put some time in today.

Keeping Calm Tip #3 Keep thinking clearly

Not being able to think straight is a common symptom of too much anxiety. This happens because the emotional part of the brain ‘swamps’ the thinking part.

In most situations we want to be able to think clearly. And keeping your ‘thinking brain’ working actually calms you right down. This tip helps you do that…

So, the easiest way to keep the thinking brain active is with numbers.

Here’s the trick: If you feel anxious or stressed check into the intensity of it and rate it from 1 to 10, 10 being the most anxious it’s possible to be and 1 being the ultimate relaxed state.

If your level of intensity is a 7, you would then do some deep connected breathing Tip#1 for a few moments, and then check into the intensity again. Repeat the process until the intensity goes down to a 3 or less. This technique puts you back in control. Just doing this will lower anxiety because it kick-starts the thinking brain, diluting the emotion and automatically making you feel calmer.

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