Lesson 17 – Dealing With Stress

Dealing With Stress

Lastly, we want to equip you with some tools in Dealing with Stress

Stress is a discouragement. We have all experienced it at some point in our lives . Here are some quick, easy ways you can de-stress in any place, at any time.

Belly Breathing

Loosen your clothes, close your eyes, mentally relax your body, and take ten or more deep breaths. Each time you exhale, count silently: “one,” after the first breath, “two,” after the second breath, etc., up to the very last one. If you lose count, or find yourself thinking of the stress-detonators, start you count over again. When you are finished, you should feel more calm and relaxed. (Your blood pressure will go down temporarily too.) If you’re in a meeting, on the phone, or dealing with a customer, count silently.

Visualise

Combine positive images to boost your confidence and enhance your visible performance. Combine this with positive words for even better results.

Music

Music has the power to soothe, or to give us energy. Find the type of music that inspire you, and play it when you need to calm down. When your energy levels are low and you are tired, play exciting music (rather than using caffeine) to lift your spirit.

Acupressure and Massage

Acupressure is a form of touch therapy that utilises the principles of acupuncture and Chinese medicine. In acupressure, the same points on the body are used as in acupuncture, but are stimulated with fingertip pressure instead of the insertion of needles. Acupressure is used to relieve a variety of symptoms and pain such as headaches and relieving tension. Have a friend or spouse learn how to massage properly or gain acupressure skills, since daily treatments are better than once or twice per month.

Laughter

Laughter is the best medicine. A good laugh can lower blood pressure, slow your adrenaline, and reverse the stomach acid that comes with negative responses. Be on the look-out for jokes and cartoons you can share with family and friends. For a smaller dose, find a cartoon or picture that always makes you smile and place it on your desk. (Just make sure it’s appropriate for all audiences!)