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International Stress Awareness Week 5th – 9th November 2018

International Stress Awareness Week 5th – 9th November 2018

As it’s international Stress Awareness Week I thought it would be a great idea to post a simple yet very effective stress busting exercise.

Stress comes from thoughts that pressurise both your mind and body. By detaching from negative thoughts, you give rest to your mind and body. By doing this you become more present in the here and now. When we’re more present and not stuck in negative stress provoking thoughts we’re more relaxed, creative and able to function, so become more productive.  All too often when someones had a bad day they relive it through ruminative thinking about negative conversations, situations, thoughts, feelings and so on… This keeps the individual stuck in this thought pattern.

This simple exercise when practised with an open mind will help break the vicious cycle of thought.

Take a seat and make sure you have at least 5-10 minutes when you wont be disturbed take a moment to relax & close your eyes.

Take three deep and controlled breaths in through the nose and out through the mouth.

Imagine that you’re in a cinema and up on the screen is the scenario that is causing you to feel stressed. See yourself up on the big screen in the the situation that is causing you to feel uncomfortable.  There you are starring in this movie. What do you see? What do you hear? How does seeing it from here make you feel? Watch the film for a few minutes.

In your hands at your finger tips you have the remote control to the projector. Once the film has come to an end, watch it again. This time watch it in slow motion, speed it up, change the colour, watch it backwards, make it brighter or dimmer alter the sound. Whilst doing this recognise how these changes effect how you feel about what you’re watching.  You can choose to watch the good bits, learn from the scenario how to do things in the future or decide to never watch the film again because it makes you feel bad.  

Stepping back from the situation will reduce the negative stress reaction. You’ll find more neutral ground whilst getting some distance to the situation thus enable you to see things differently. By doing this you’ll gain new insights and a different perspective to the situation. 

Just in the same way you wouldn’t watch a bad film over and over again you can stop watching a bad memory or negative situation. You have the control of your thoughts.

You can do this whenever you find yourself ruminating about something that makes you feel bad. 

Please don’t hesitate to contact me here if you’d like some help managing the things in your life that cause you to feel stressed.

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