Let’s face it … there is no way to remove external stress from your life. But there are countless ways to manage your reaction to stress. Here are nine ways to respond to stress that will leave you feeling centered.
It can take only an instant to feel stress, so it’s only right that we should know how to de-stress in a flash, too. Here are 10 things to do when you need to de-stress and only have a few minutes to spare.
When I was young, my mom had a terrible fear of flying. She would clench up on the way to the airport, gasp during the smallest air pocket mid-flight, and sigh with utter relief when we deplaned. Needless to say, we did not fly often. Looking back, I wish I had known what I know […]
Your heart rate speeds up … your blood pressure soars … your breathing gets shallow … your palms start sweating … your mind begins to spin … sounds familiar? These are all normal symptoms of the acute stress response commonly known as fight or flight. The next two things I say shouldn’t surprise you: 1. Our culture […]
Oxygen is the most important element to us humans—far more important than even food and water. After all, we can go for days without water and some can go weeks without food. Humans can’t go more than a few minutes without air. What many people don’t realize though, is that there are different ways you […]
It’s a well-known fact that meditation is particularly helpful during times of stress. The problem is, that can also be when meditation is the most difficult. The long-term goal is to really formulate a consistent practice that helps you manage everyday stress so that it doesn’t spiral out of control. But life doesn’t always follow […]
Raise your hand if you’ve ever brought your work home with you—whether literally or figuratively. I can guess that most readers have their hands held high, because it’s not easy to leave work stress at the workplace. But it can be dangerous to take it with you. Stress is harmful enough when you have to […]
I’ve been a fast mover for as long as I can remember. My mind moves fast and my body follows. I get things done quickly, and finding efficiencies and shortcuts in work and life brings me great satisfaction. The thing I’m not good at is taking a break—or even just a short pause between moments. […]
The first thing you do when you wake up will set the tone for your entire day. If you want to move through your day with ease, energy, awareness and confidence, start your day with activities that encourage those states of mind. If you want to move through your day feeling anxious and irritated, there […]
Stressed out? In search of your center? Mindful breathing is a great tool to settle the mind and emotions. Specifically, alternate nostril breathing is the practice I find most helpful for calming my nerves and reversing stress. When I’m feeling scattered and find myself doing too many things at once, or as soon as I […]