If stress is part of your daily life then you need to stop and consider a better way of enjoying life.
Here are 9 day guide to de-stress your life.
The idea is to perform each step in the next 10 days and is based on the international bestseller “Awareness: An eight-week plan for finding peace in a frantic world.” This book uses a program based on awareness and meditation to relieve anxiety, stress, fatigue and depression. Even in clinical trials, it has shown that awareness or observation without criticism and being compassionate with yourself is as effective as drugs or therapy to deal with these conditions.
Here are the 9 steps to reduce stress and increase awareness in your life:
Day 1: Eat some chocolate
It is easy eat more chocolate as they are the best comfort food out there. At first, this food is full of flavor and is irresistible, but if you’re in a hurry, you are likely to eat a lot and do not appreciate it. Simply eat a piece of chocolate using all your senses and enjoy and savor not only the taste but its texture and the aroma.
Day 2: Go for a walk
Walking is one of the best exercises to de-stress. A good walk can put the world in to perspective and soothe the nerves. So why not go for a walk today for 15 or 30 minutes? No need to feel like you must get anywhere, a simple walk around the neighborhood with an open mind and focusing on your feet when it hits the ground or the color of the trees or the sound of wind will calm your nerves.
Day 3: Take 3 minutes to breathe
When you get nervous, anxious or stressed, it’s difficult to remember why you should remain calm. Take three minutes to breathe as it gives you two benefits: first, it dissolves negative patterns before they gain control over your life and second, it is an emergency meditation that helps you focus for thoughts before it spirals out of control. Just try and gently bring it back to that state of awareness.
Day 4: Do something pleasurable
If you feel like you cannot find pleasure in life, counter it by slowly getting back to doing things you liked but forgotten. You can start with one or two by being gentle with your body and allow yourself to take a bath, a nap or sip your favorite drink without guilt. Do something you like: call or visit a friend, cook, read something that is enjoyable, listen to the music that you like that you do not hear much.
Day 5: Meditate for when you get frustrated of waiting
There are days when life is like a long waiting line like when you are waiting at the bank, at the supermarket or when you are stuck in traffic and just want to scream; just try to breath and be aware of your surroundings.
Awareness is when you accept that some experiences are unpleasant. Learn to accept that things are just the way they are. Learn to meditate or find a meditation exercise that will work for you.
Day 6: Determine awareness
Find a daily activity that you can do that can be your “awareness campaigns” and remind yourself to stop and pay attention to things in detail. Here are some suggestions:
- Preparing food: Food offers many opportunities for the mind awareness. Pay attention to the flavors, smell and textures and put your full attention to what you are doing.
- Listen to a friend: do not fall in the same conversations as always. Pay attention to what he says; notice that when you find yourself thinking that it diminishes attention on other things.
Day 7: 10 fingers of gratitude
To appreciate the little things in your life, try the exercise of gratitude. This means that once a day you will count 10 fingers each things that you are grateful for. It is important to reach 10 although difficult after 3 or 4 and that is precisely the point of this exercise.
Day 8: meditate with music
Sounds are as compelling as thoughts and both immaterial and open to interpretation. Surely, there are some songs that motivate you while others will make grieve. Try and be sensitive to the power of sound and its relationship to your thoughts and emotions as it is central to awareness and to be a happier, more relaxed you. Why not try it today? This meditation gradually shows the similarities between sound and thought.
Day 9: Get your life back
Think of the time when your life was less frantic, perhaps before Christmas or during the summer holidays. Try to remember in detail your activities or some things you used to do either alone or in the company of family and friends like when you read a magazine or went biking or enjoying a board game.
Choose one of these activities and plan to do it today or during the weekend. It may take five minutes or five hours, may be trivial or important, in the company of others or on your own. The important thing here is that it is something that puts you in touch with your forgotten life or with that part of you that for some reason feel lost.
After nine days, you should feel distressed than when you started the activity. Of course, you can start again from the very beginning if doesn’t work out as much as you like it to be.
Understand that stress from all of the areas of life can negatively impact you in several ways. When you practice the ideas with this article, it is possible to enhance your job, your household life, plus your emotional, mental, and physical health. Make sure you recognize signs and symptoms of stress in yourself and go on a step back and remember everything is under your control as there can be physical symptoms of stress if you are not careful also such as weight loss, weight gain, hair loss or even depression.