Break Free From Mental Stress
There are times when we feel powerless, stressed, and completely drained from what life is unfolding for us. The great thing about that is, it doesn’t have to suck! There are simple steps to follow, learn, and apply to our life to assist with making stressful situations a better experience.
The Power of Your Breath
Are you breathing? Chances are, you aren’t breathing the way that is most helpful to your stress level! Slowing down your breath when you feel stressed has been proven to lower your blood pressure, and calm your nerves.
Try this! 4 Count Breathing:
- Breathe in slowly through the nose, and count to 1..2..3..4..to yourself.
- Exhale slowly, and count 1…2…3…4.
- Repeat this 4 times, and try increasing the length to 5 or 6.
- Take note of how you feel before, and then again after the breathing exercise.
Listen to Your Body
Our body is our greatest teacher. The relationship we have with our body goes hand in hand with how much stress we have in our life. In our culture, we often want to push ahead, and be the best. Please, listen to your body first! Noticing triggers in our body may be the biggest step to take towards happiness and freedom.
Try This! If your eyes hurt from staring at a book, or screen, take a 10-minute break. This is your body’s way of telling you relax and absorb information. This may avoid headaches, avoid feeling overwhelmed and lead to greater productivity.
Understand that we are human beings, not human-doings.
In our fast paced world, there is a lot of rushing around and constant stimulation for our mind. Knowing that it is okay to take a minute and be present is just what we need for letting go of those overwhelming feelings and expectations.
Try This! Sit quietly to reflect, take a walk, listen to music, or take a yoga class and just be present! Studies have shown that meditation and taking time to reflect decreases our stress levels, and improves clarity and creativeness.
Be Kind to Yourself
Trust that where you are right now is exactly the time and place that you are supposed to be at. Life becomes so much easier when we learn to let go of expectations, and limitations that you may set for yourself. Try going with the ebb and flow that life is providing you with and look for a chance to grow in the situation.
Try This! Self-affirmations are a great way to feel content in a stressful situation. Practice repeating this phrase to yourself: Everything I need, will come to me at the perfect time. Another affirmation is: See the bright side in every situation.
Mija Speakman is a yogini passionate about meditation and sharing the connection of the simple peacefulness that yoga, our breath, and the world brings to everyone.