Do you ever find yourself panicking easily over deadlines, family drama, or your life goals? Or maybe you just find yourself feeling overwhelmed and stressed. You are not alone!
Every day, people fight to hold themselves together emotionally. It’s not always easy. Some people let it completely ruin their day. You don’t have to. You don’t have to let your stress and anxiety get in the way of living your life to the fullest. When you feel it taking over you, follow these quick and easy actions to get your hectic day right back on track.
Take Deep Breaths
Now, this might seem like a given to you. However, it’s not always as easy as it sounds. Don’t just breath deeply. Focus on your breathing. Really concentrate on each breath filling your lungs and leaving your lungs.
Think about your body and how it is placed. Try to clear your mind. Think of peace as an ocean wave slowly washing over your body as you inhale. As you exhale, feel it soak in.
You can take as deep of a breath as you want but a good rule is to count to 5 as you inhale and count to 5 as you exhale.
Become Aware of Your Physical Surroundings
When you take the time to become aware of your physical surroundings, you focus less on your emotions. Focus on the pencil laying on your desk. Or the tree outside your window. Or even the pattern on the wallpaper.
Describe it to yourself. What color is it? How would it feel if you touched it? Does it have any interesting features? While this can be difficult at first, you will find your mind concentrating on the object, rather than your stress.
Take a Walk
Walking can prevent stress and anxiety from getting out of control. You don’t have to walk miles in order to feel relief. Giving yourself a 5-minute walk around the block can make a significant improvement in your day.
The repetitive motion relaxes your brain. Not only that but exercise, in general, is good for the body and the mind!
When walking isn’t possible, you do have other options. You might be sitting at your desk at work or riding in a vehicle. If this is the case, try tapping your feet or your hands while sitting down. This can have the same calming repetitive motion that walking provides.
Listen to Calming Music
There are many albums out there filled with meditation music. Turn the volume up and drown out the world. If you are in public, put in your headphones. This step can easily be combined with step 1 (deep breathing).
You can find easily find calming music and sounds on YouTube, ITunes, or Google Play. My personal favorite is Jason Stephenson’s Sleep Meditation Music on YouTube.
The next time you find yourself struggling to hold it together, try out 1 or 2 or even all 4 of the actions listed above. Your stress free day could be just 5 minutes away!