If you feel stressed out and burnt out, you’re certainly not alone. More than ever before, stress is on the rise, jobs are becoming more demanding, and everybody is just getting busier.
The stress could be from relationships, home life, or just the sheer amount of other responsibilities they have to deal with – but the fact is that people are feeling that they’re having so much thrown at them and they don’t know when it will ever end. This causes anxiety; which in turn leads to several other medical issues.
So, today, I’m going to give you 3 techniques to help you bring your stress levels down and cope better with anything thrown at you. These techniques can be used anytime and anywhere, you can just draw up on them and straight away they’ll bring your stress levels down to help you feel calmer and more comfortable. Indeed, this can be the start of a new habit.
Over 15 years ago before I started in my line of work as a Healer and Hypnotherapist, I used to be stressed out and felt burnt out most of the time. It was my reality at that time but I knew that it was not the life I wanted to be living.
I didn’t know much better until I learnt otherwise; then everything started to make more sense to me. Today, I now enjoy living in ‘the flow’ and being much more peaceful. I’m not saying that I can maintain being completely stress-free all of the time, however, how I handle things today is extremely different and so much more rewarding.
Here are my top 3 tips for stress reduction
#1 Get Connected
As a spiritual teacher, I understand the importance of feeling fully present, connected, and living in the flow. When we live in the flow, yes you still have everything happening around you but you’re not getting so upset and irate about things. It’s taking things for what they actually are, rather than blowing them up out of proportion. When we feel connected it feels good inside, feeling true to who we really are.
Either sitting or standing, imagine or get a sense or feeling (intention is everything) that a beautiful white universal light is coming down through the top of your head, allow it to travel down your body right down into your feet, at this point allow the light to go into the earth to a point that you feel completely comfortable, it feels loving and warm. Now allow the light to come back up through your feet, travelling all the way up, as it reaches your chest be aware of your breathing, allow it to slow down. You can stay here for a few moments until you feel at peace.
#2 Walking Meditation
I personally love walking and the added bonus is that I can do a mini meditation at the same time.
When you’re out walking, start to listen to what’s going on around you. For example; birds in song, the rustling of the leaves on the trees, listening to the elements around you. At this point everything else in your mind begins to switch off!!
You can start by just doing it for 15 seconds and then increase the time to 30 seconds, and then you can grow the period of time as you develop. Over time, you’ll get used to it, it’s like a muscle that gets stronger and stronger the more it is used.
#3 Slow Down Your Breathing
This is an instant calmer – and you can do it anywhere, anytime (at the office, around others, or when you’re totally alone).
Whenever you catch yourself becoming overwhelmed or feeling stressed out, simply slow down your breathing. Do something like this:
For the count of 3 slowly start to take a deep breath in – (Counting 1, 2, 3) then slowly exhale for the count of 3 – (again 1, 2, 3).
As you progress, you can do this for longer periods of time; maybe to the count of 4, then 5. Quickly you will notice how instantly you feel calmer and more at peace.
Enjoy living a beautiful life.