5 Implementable Tips for Stress Management

 

Remember the feeling of being on a roller coaster?

When was the last time you were on a roller coaster?

In the same way, my goal is to help you remember what completely relaxed feels like. The emotional, physiological response - I want everyone to have that. And to be able to summon it up by will.

That feeling is accessible.

And priceless.

 

THE GIFT IS CHOICE

You can hold your breath at the computer. 

Or breath easy and not do the jaw clench thing.

Walk into the house mindlessly.

Or come home and greet your tribe with attention.

Regulate and care for yourself a little bit everyday now.

Or full-time later.

I believe it's simple {and tough} as being observant about what you're really doing throughout the day. You're always making a choice, wouldn't you rather be conscious of it?

 

Heart Beat

Most of us know what running in overdrive is like. We get to learn {sooner or later} the lesson of prioritizing and pacing. One day, in some way, we get a message that it's not working anymore.

It seems like everywhere I look — there's a heart attack waiting to happen. Every 30 seconds. Actually heart failure is a leading cause of hospitalization, 1 in 5 people will develop it, not only seniors!

What is happening that people's hearts are having to work so hard to get circulation? What is the body trying to get done with this?

I believe the body is trying to solve a problem.

Because of the body/mind/spirit relationship here, this interesting topic to a certified yoga therapist like myself. 

Dr. Dean Ornish has published documented proof that heart disease can be halted {and reversed}. His scientific study shows participants reduce or discontinue medications; their pain diminishes or disappears; they feel more energetic, non depressed, and calm; they lose weight while eating more; and blockages in coronary arteries are actually reduced.

The results are based on 1} What you eat 2} How you manage stress 3} How much you move and 4} How much love & support your have. 

According to these studies, it can take 7 days to make a difference.

Your body has a remarkable capacity to heal itself and much of your existence is driven by your state of mind.

 

Here's How 

The key is to start to catch yourself when you're running high adrenaline.

You know that shaky and fried out feeling inside? 

Great! Get familiar with that feeling.

Is there anything more I can do? What should I do? How's my relationship with this person? What's the bank account look like?

I worry a lot in my free time — I'm not sure if you can relate. When you admit that, then you have a choice about it.

So many of us haul ourselves thorough life — there's so much to accomplish! Adrenaline {a hormone that the body releases when it's under stress} is an important part of our life. But when we're stressed and not in actual danger, it's still being released and it's extra energy with no use ... so we're left feeling anxious, irritable, overwhelmed.

This is what's happening in our systems when we breeze through our natural energy, ride the adrenaline and then rally for more.

Coffee break anyone?

Paying attention to our minds and bodies while we hurl them through space is what changes this and practicing mindfulness teaches us how to do this naturally.

 

5 Easy How-To Tips:

 

1. Bathroom breaks!

Go into the stall for mini breaks while you're working. Regulate your breathing in there. Shake it off. Stretch a little. Nobody will even look for you for least 5 minutes. This can seriously be your time!

 

2. Set an alarm

Get a beep and check your posture and take a deep breath.

Better yet - download Aura, a free app for mindfulness and stress. You can set 30 second breather reminders however often you want. Subscribe to channel, Mindful Moments, and be guided through 3-minute meditations {like this one} ANYTIME you need some support. 

 

3. Line in the sand

Every time you cross that point on your way home, direct your thoughts towards home, so that it's predetermined where you'll start to wind down.

 

4. Breathing while walking

Measure how many steps you walk {or run} on your in-breath and how many on your out-breath. Keep it consistent as long as possible.

This will build your stamina.

Regulate. Regulate. Regulate.

 

5. Catch yourself

Keep track of how many times a day you catch yourself holding your breath {It's a lot} 

When you regulate your breath, you're being present.

Then you can choose how to carry on and with what attitude.

There's nothing wrong with adrenaline, and it can go up when it needs to. It doesn't need to STAY up and cause you problems. 

You can control this. 

The physiological awareness and regulation of your own bodily processes is empowering and life-affirming.

Imagine having the feeling of completely relaxed in your pocket.

Little by little, your mind will become settled — that is the promise of meditation. 

 

In Support,

Lauren

 


Lauren has a presence and style beyond words. She is honest, compassionate, empathetic, supportive, accessible, loving and positive in everything she does. She’ll let you know you’re safe, loved and valued. In her presence I WANT to open up, I WANT to understand, I WANT to grow. She offers knowledge and skills with pure love & patience in a way that you can get from the very beginning.
— Andrew B., Turlock, California