Stress Less Breathe More

I must start our by stating that I believe there is​ good stress and bad stress. as​ in​ most things in​ life,​ there are opposites: good and bad,​ yin and yang,​ light and dark…(you get the​ idea). Let’s start with the​ good kind and then work our way along the​ continuum.

When you​ are put in​ a​ situation where you​ are challenging your capabilities,​ whether it​ is​ competitive sports,​ public speaking,​ or​ starting your own business,​ you​ are having an​ intimate experience with good stress. Without these challenges,​ your life would remain stagnant,​ albeit comfortable. if​ you​ are content to​ live life just below the​ surface,​ great; but maybe you​ just need a​ little encouragement or​ a​ fresh perspective.

Try replacing your fear with a​ heightened sense of​ awareness. Look through eyes which are not placing judgments on​ situations or​ people,​ and simply observe. Practice this relaxed state of​ mind,​ and notice how your environment (and the​ people within it) becomes more supportive.

You could easily become adept at​ coming up with reasons why you​ shouldn't face a​ challenge or​ make a​ change,​ and the​ truth is​ sometimes your rational mind has a​ point. Just be careful when your comfort zone gets too lived in--the more you​ take roots there,​ the​ harder it​ is​ to​ get out. Taking an​ intelligent risk when the​ timing is​ right can turn your life from ordinary to​ incredibly fulfilling. in​ doing so,​ you’ve taken a​ very positive step toward tackling that other kind of​ stress—the bad kind. I am sure most of​ you​ are familiar with bad stress,​ the​ kind you​ can certainly live without. Some examples of​ this bad stress might include:

* you​ just got a​ phone call from your boss saying he wants to​ see you​ right away; he was not speaking with his “happy voice.”

* your dog just deposited a​ smelly package on​ your clean carpet,​ and you​ are expecting the​ appraiser to​ inspect your home first thing in​ the​ morning.

* you​ have a​ date tomorrow night with “the one,​” and you​ just discovered the​ making of​ two massive eruptions--one the​ left side of​ your nose,​ and one front and center on​ your chin.

No doubt,​ there are many more examples—some having to​ do with paying the​ mortgage,​ and maybe some having to​ do with the​ upcoming 4-week visit with your misunderstood,​ the​ glass is​ not only half-empty,​ it’s dark and cloudy,​ brother. Just thinking about these topics can cause your mind to​ escalate out of​ control with worry and doubt about your abilities,​ and extreme anticipation at​ the​ thought of​ your next gin and tonic. Stop the​ madness,​ now!

First thing you​ need to​ do is,​ breathe; that’s right,​ breathe. the​ idea is​ to​ focus on​ something other than discursive thoughts. So,​ actually,​ you​ are not just breathing,​ you​ are also FOCUSING on​ the​ breath coming in​ through your nose,​ filling your diaphragm,​ and then releasing the​ breath out of​ your mouth. When you​ blow this air out,​ try releasing whatever unpleasant thoughts you​ have out with your breath. Just let it​ go,​ like lint you've pulled out of​ the​ bottom of​ your purse; blow and release. When you​ breathe in​ again (yes,​ keep breathing),​ picture pure positive energy coming in​ through your nose,​ and filling your diaphragm. And this time when you​ release the​ breath,​ picture that pure positive alive energy,​ drifting out,​ bringing a​ loving essence to​ everything it​ touches.

Like with anything else in​ life,​ in​ order to​ get the​ benefits of​ some thing,​ you​ really need to​ commit to​ it. One of​ the​ strongest ways to​ manifest success (whatever that means to​ you),​ is​ to​ believe. Children offer wonderful inspiration when it​ comes to​ belief. They use their imagination in​ such a​ way that not only entertains,​ it​ creates a​ life where the​ stresses of​ the​ material world do not affect them.

Now I know what you​ are thinking: “Yeah,​ that’s great. But,​ I am an​ adult,​ with adult responsibilities. I have to​ go to​ work,​ cook the​ food,​ and clean up the​ dog poop!” Fair enough—however,​ this does not mean that you,​ like the​ child,​ cannot use your imagination. Many new age books these days like to​ use the​ word "visualize." I like to​ use the​ word "imagination,​" because it​ has a​ connotation of​ a​ sense of​ fun. And,​ adopting more fun in​ your life is​ essential to​ releasing the​ bad kind of​ stress.

Let’s focus,​ now—we were talking about relieving bad stress,​ right? Remember we were breathing? Good! Okay,​ so once you​ are at​ the​ point where you​ are filling your body with that pure positive energy,​ imagine the​ energy transforming every single cell in​ your body. Like an​ internal massage,​ your organs will be touched with a​ renewed energy. Try and really experience this sensation. Embellish it​ and color it. Realize your creative energy,​ and let it​ work through you.

This whole imagining or​ visualizing process may not come naturally to​ some of​ you. I understand,​ because I used to​ think life was pretty serious business myself. And,​ the​ more I thought about how serious it​ was,​ it​ seemed the​ more life kept throwing me serious stuff to​ prove I was right. I used to​ watch other people—laughing,​ having a​ good time,​ and think they were pretty frivolous. it​ wasn’t long before my judgment turned to​ envy. Then,​ finally,​ I started to​ think,​ “Maybe appearing a​ little silly is​ not such a​ bad thing.” the​ more I played with this thought,​ the​ more I found myself smiling. Sometimes I even made myself laugh out loud,​ because of​ something stupid I imagined myself doing. I don’t think the​ people who saw me smiling knew I was just having silly thoughts; they actually thought I was being friendly—can you​ imagine?! if​ you​ knew me back then,​ you​ would know that this would have been quite a​ stretch. the​ funny thing is,​ when people started smiling back,​ I actually did become pretty friendly.

During this whole change of​ attitude,​ I did continue breathing. No,​ I didn’t forget. I guess the​ point is​ bad stuff is​ bound to​ happen. What I would lovingly like to​ recommend is​ for you​ to​ take a​ few deep breaths before you​ react. the​ situation you​ are faced with will become a​ whole lot more manageable if​ you​ allow your imagination to​ take you​ to​ a​ positive place. And just as​ if​ you​ were approaching an​ angry person on​ the​ street and you​ looked at​ them straight on​ with a​ genuine smile,​ look at​ your undesirable situation with the​ same positive energy. Nine times out of​ ten,​ that angry person will be much less angry,​ and that difficult situation you​ are facing will be much less daunting.

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