Thursday, October 30, 2014
YOUR LIFE A-Z: DE-STRESS
I often ask my clients to tell me what they think his/her stress level is like on a scale of 1-10. When he/she is asked to scale the question I most likely hear the answer 8-10. If at first I ask the client to detail the stressors in his/her daily life, often I hear, “Well my life is not all that stressful.” Asking someone to scale the amount of stress is a less invasive question, instead of what is stressing you? We have talked about many DE-STRESSING tools already but I want to bring you back to the most important tool, which is deep breathing. To DE-STRESS your body you must learn to relax your entire body. This is best done with focused attention with your breath from the top of your head to the very tip of your toes. I suggest you set the timer and begin with five minutes of focused attention breathing in and letting the belly rise and exhaling pulling the belly in against the backbone. If you lose count just start over until the timer stops. Learning to DE-STRESS and practicing DE-STRESSING techniques when stress levels are between 3-5 help you prepare to practice correctly when you really need to DE-STRESS. A really good organic herbal green tea can help the cells feel massaged and restored. Stress tears our body down at a cellular level and we must repair the body at a cellular level. DE-STRESSING techniques need to be broad focusing on every angle of your life. What will you need to do to bring the scale down to a 5-6? Activate that plan.