We ALL understand what being under STRESS feels like. We have full daily schedules to juggle, there’s traffic, constant interruptions, conflicts at work and on the home-front, deadlines to meet, and finances to tend to. And it seems, that the more busy-ness we have in our lives, the more we are stressed.
We feel and recognize this stress in our physical bodies and in our emotional well-being. We feel tension in our necks and backs; we have headaches and digestive issues, we are anxious, and we lose sleep.
We feel energetically and mentally worn down.
The question then is what can we do to help release and relieve the stress and tension that we have already built up over time, and what can we do to help prevent it in the first place? The answer lies in finding different “tools,” or practices, to put in your coping “toolbox.” The more tools/practices that we have in our box; the more likely we are to use them. Also, one tool/practice that works today, may not work for us at another time, and some practices we have may take more time than our current situation allows. Therefore it is important to have a variety of options to help us cope with our stress in any given situation as needed. The more “mindful” and relaxing the practice is the better. These practices are helpful in the prevention of stress due to their ability to help release tension in the body while simultaneously quieting the mind.
Here is a list of tools you can try. More Mindful suggestions are in bold. Many of these ideas can be practiced alone or with your friends or dear ones, and especially your children.
By practicing consistently, you will not only prevent some unnecessary stress,
you will live a more joy-filled life:
Calm Breathing – You have your breath with you anytime, anywhere
Light exercise – Walking, Jogging (rigorous workouts do not typically lend to relaxation)
Yarning Arts – Crochet or Knitting
Painting, Drawing or Doodling – Zentangling or Zen Doodling are nifty for the kiddoes
Spending time in nature – especially by a body of water such as a lake or waterfall
Paying-it-Forward – Helping someone else takes the focus off of you, and is very rewarding to all
Blowing bubbles – For whimsical fun
Yoga, Tai Chi, Qigong
Soaking your feet, Taking a bubble bath or hot shower - Aaaah
Journaling – Written or Creative or Gratitude Listing
Listening to soft music
Meditation – So many different ways to meditate. I encourage you to try different methods
Driving in the country
Enjoying your pets – Your pets always love you, and NEVER judge you
Laughter and Smiles – Being able to laugh with your self is so important
…and so many more…
Remember, that it is not SELFISH to take time for yourself to quiet, to calm, and to find your personal balance, and know, that most stress stems from fear and anticipation of the future, as well as worry and regret from the past. I encourage you to explore and experience new mindful practices to put in YOUR coping Toolbox. This will enable you to find peace and joy in YOUR here and NOW.
Cynthia Harness is a Holistic Relaxation Specialist, Mindful Mentor and Owner of The WOW Center in DeKalb, IL. With a soothing and tranquil environment, and with the calming fusion of holistic therapies – (Japanese Reiki Relaxation, Aromatherapy, Energy Balancing, Positive Guided Visualization), you can experience Relaxation on the deepest levels, enabling you to put your lengthy “to do” lists on hold, allowing you to lessen your daily “mind chatter” and worry, and empowering you to enhance your connection with your most creative and inspired self. The WOW Center offers individual and group relaxation sessions, inspirational and informative groups/classes/workshops, and natural organic products that support and enhance you and your family’s total well-being. “Awaken & Discover the WOW in YOUR Life.” Contact Cindy to schedule your appointment today. Email: email@example.com or Call: 815/901-4815