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Overwhelmed? Here are 3 Quick Tips to Blast Stress and Restore Calm

February '16

If you’re feeling overwhelmed these days, you’re like many midlife women. A 24/7 workload on the job or at home, and distressing news streaming forth from various media outlets all increase your stress level – not to mention figuring out how to reinvent your life. So in this month’s Midlife Discovery I thought it might be useful to share 3 quick and easy stress-busting techniques.

While vacations and spa days provide a great way to relax and unwind from your everyday overwhelm, when you’re in the thick of it, you need help right away. These three tips provide that support. Simply pause briefly a few times during the day and utilize one so you can head back to your to-do list in calmer state of mind. Pick the one you like.

  1. Stop what you are doing. Hop off your email; turn off your phone and sit down if you’re not already seated. Allow yourself to sink into that chair and if you like, close your eyes to shut down the outside world. Then take a deep breath and focus on your belly moving up and down, or the way your the air moves through your nostrils. Keep breathing easily, resting a little before each inhale. Whenever thoughts arise, let them float away and bring your attention back to your breathing. Keep on in this way for a minute or two. Then open you eyes slowly and head back to that busy life a little more rested and calm.
  1. “Thump your chest with your fist and let out the sound Ha! as loud as possible. Repeat Ha! Ha! Ha! Then laugh.” * Laughter always breaks apart tension. Since it’s a natural stress disrupter, be sure to use it as often as you can.
  1. ”Sing the song “Do-Re-Mi” from The Sound of Music. Each note when sung corresponds with one of the seven chakras and calms the entire nervous system.” * Again this mini stress buster is a simple one to accomplish in a minute or two.

By taking a few short breaks to implement one or more of these tips, you may be surprised to find you actually boost your productivity.

Which tip appealed to you? Please let me know your favorite. Why not try it a few times today and share the results; others can benefit from your experience. If you want me to dig up more of these mini stress-reduction techniques, just ask. I really appreciate your comments and questions and respond to every one.

Happy stress busting!

* Sonia Choquette in the Spirit of Change Magazine fall/winter 2015.

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