When life stresses you out, what do you do? Do you have strategies you can turn to to help you deal with the situation in a healthy, helpful manner, or do you numb the stress away, or lash out at the world?
Stress is a very common problem for a huge number of people, and contributes to a huge number of health problems, including heart disease, alcoholism, stroke and asthma.
There are, however, many helpful strategies you can employ to ensure that stress doesn’t get the better of you.
Last week I was a speaker at a local business expo, where I gave a short talk taking participants through some simple practices to help them beat stress. I have covered the practices on this blog a number of times in the past,
I really enjoyed the session, and had great feedback from it at the end. The funniest thing about the day is that I had left my car about a mile away from the venue because we were caught in a lot of traffic owing to an accident (I didn’t know about the accident at the time), and I was getting rather anxious myself as I watched the time ticking by towards the time of my talk!
Here is the talk
I am very grateful to Andrew O’Leary of F9 Films for this great recording of my talk
I have covered the practices on this blog a number of times in the past,
The techniques I share in the talk are
Quietening the mind
Our brains experience thousands and thousands of stimuli and thoughts every day. We cannot “hear” them all, but they are there. At times, the noise in the mind can become overwhelming. I shared a brief glimpse of this practice in my talk, and if you want to know more, you can see my full 10 minute video in this post, Stilling the Whirlpools of the mind with Yoga
There has been much written about breathing on this blog, it is crucial to my own recovery journey, and, I think, just about the most important thing I teach. There is a lot of healing, calming and restorative power in yogic breathing. Read this post if you would like to learn more about how breathing can help boost your resilience and reduce stress,
Living with an ‘attitude of gratitude’ and viewing the world from a place of contentment and acceptance of where you are is one of the most powerful things you can to to reduce stress in your life. It is not really possible to feel stressed and unhappy when you are feeling grateful for what you have. Even if the reasons for gratitude are very small, especially if the reasons for gratitude are very small, focusing on them rather than the reasons to be unhappy will change the way you perceive the world. I have written much about this, and this post about how gratitude can help when you feel stressed and negative can help you to better understand this wonderful practice.