Last week, I taught you how to “breathe from your belly”. The first stress management technique of 10 that I will cover over the upcoming weeks. You really need to practice these techniques in the order that I’m posting them so, if you haven’t read last week’s blog yet, please do so before trying this one. Don’t forget, I have much more information regarding these techniques in each week’s article, so go to my website and check them out as well.
The purpose of this Stress Management Technique is:
- to help you acknowledge the good in your life, which will give you a warm feeling inside.
- to help you feel more peaceful and less stressed.
- to improve your relationships.
Before you begin your day’s activities:
- review the things you need to get done during the day.
- include on your list two specific things to be thankful for.
During a stressful time:
- take two slow, deep belly-breaths.
- when inhaling for your third breath, think deeply on one of the following: someone you love, a beautiful place or an act of kindness done for you.
During the day:
- for fifteen to thirty seconds, focus your full attention on someone you love.
- for fifteen to thirty seconds, appreciate a place you find beautiful.
- for fifteen to thirty seconds, think fondly about a kindness someone did for you.
- When you think about a person you love, think of someone with whom you’re still in a good relationship.
- When you think of a place, think about a place that evokes good memories or is particularly beautiful.
- When you think about a kind act, think clearly about what someone did that was loving.
- Appreciating positive things is enhanced when combined with belly-breathing.
Use this Technique:
- when stress and difficulties pile up.
- when there’s just too much to do.
- when you have to make a decision.
- before making a difficult phone call.
- when you feel unappreciated.
- when talking with a family member, partner or friend, to remember how much that person means to you.
“SO MUCH TO APPRECIATE” STRESS MANAGEMENT TECHNIQUE:
Appreciating other people, the beauty of nature and the joys of everyday life may be the simplest and most immediate way to create both health and happiness.
Next Tuesday (May 15th), I’ll be talking about the third Stress Management Technique – “Tense to Relax”.
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