Awareness: Being aware of your thoughts helps you to combat them.
Analyze: Ask yourself questions that help you put the situation into perspective. Here are some good ones to contemplate: “Will this matter one year from now?” “What’s the worst that will happen?” “What will happen if I park my reaction for now and come back to it in an hour?” These are just some thoughts you can force yourself to think to help breathe space into a stressful situation. Believe me, this type of thoughtful analysis will alter your perspective and typically regulate emotions.
Action: When emotions are high, intelligence is low. Take action at the right time, for the right reason. Avoiding a situation is not a sign of weakness. We need time to corral our emotions and take ourselves out of the stress response zone. Below are some tips that will help you reduce your stress response immediately. Some require training and practice, but the effort you put in will be well worth it and will create the quality of life you long for: calm, productive, creative, mindful, and in control.
Tips to combating the stress response immediately:
- Deep meditative breathing will induce calmness and is an antidote to the stress response.
- Take your thoughts on a mini-vacation.
- Smile. Just the action of smiling can make your relaxed and happy.
- Take a whiff. Oils of lemon for vitality, toning and freshness, and coriander leave you feeling joyful and happy.
- Try tea. Chamomile tea has calming properties.
- Take a walk. Walking, especially in treed areas, enriches the spirit as well as gives your body a much-needed break. Did you know that sitting is the new smoking of our generation? Get up and move!
Monitor your life: Life is a constant ebb and flow of events, therefore monitoring your energy and your thinking is important. According to Dr. Shad Helmstetter, a study revealed that 77% of our thinking is negative thinking about ourselves! Wow! A shocking statistic!
Know yourself: Are you an extrovert or an introvert? Extroverted people get their energy from other people. Introverted people get their energy boost by being alone, quiet and thoughtful. Try some online quizzes to determine if you are an extrovert or introvert.
Exercise: Exercise works like a pressure valve on your body. The pressure of our stressful day needs to be released! Start small and get yourself into a routine that fits with your life. One of the biggest mistakes we make when planning a new routine is we make unrealistic demands on ourselves. Remember – inch by inch it’s a cinch!