In a world where focus and concentration are going down and stress levels are rising, it’s more and more important to find the spaces in between.
Stress – so you might have tried these things below in order to cope with stress. Wishing it away, taking and planning holidays, taking a mental health day, taking a sick day, ignoring it, pushing it down, alcohol, sleeping pills or venting. If so, take a moment now to reflect and ask these questions;
Did any of it work?
If so, how long for?
Did you feel a sense of peace that went beyond these methods?
Did you learn anything from these methods?
If so, what were the key takeaway points?
If you can, stop and write down your answers or type them, whatever works.
Did your answers surprise you?
Did you have an ah-ha moment?
We cannot change the fact that the world can be a stressful place, but we can learn how to choose thoughtful responses over impulsive reactions.
By having a regular practice in place you can learn how to manage your stress (and it doesn’t have to be a sitting meditation practice for 20 minutes a day (unless of course, you’d love nothing more)
There are many ways to become more mindful that will help you to reduce your stress levels and improve your quality of life. In the words of my favourite mindfulness teacherJoseph Goldstein ‘Mindfulness is simple, not easy”.
Managing stress is difficult on your own if you don’t know what exactly is stressing you out and it’s not as simple as “my work stresses me out”, there is usually more underneath it.
If you need some help reducing and managing your stress then book a free clarity call below.