3 Easy Stress Relief Remedies for Increased Perspective
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Too much work, too many changes, not enough money, not enough time, too much to think about, to many decisions to make... If this is how you've thought at some point in your life, maybe now, right this moment, then, welcome to humanity.
Stress is one of our reactions to external forces
Our brains are wired to focus on the negative, on everything we have too much of and all the things we're lacking. So what is stress exactly? According to Merriam-Webster, stress is a state resulting from a stress; especially: one of bodily or mental tension resulting from factors that tend to alter an existent equilibrium.
What does this mean? It means that a) without stress, our bodies and minds are supposed to experience equilibrium and b) external factors make us feel stressed. And usually, it is the feeling of being stressed we have in mind rather than a force being physically exerted on us (although often the feeling turns into a physical one).
You might be wondering, 'why is this important? I definitely know that my stress is not coming from the inside. I worry about things and decisions and people.'
You have a choice: be stressed or learn to let go
This piece of information doesn't seem of relevance, but by realizing that stress comes from the outside then it means there's a place on the inside that is not stressed. That is not made to be stressed. So the way we react to those external factors depends on us. We actually have the ability to choose whether external factors will have an influence on us.
Some things we can't change, but some things we definitely can. The first step to letting go of stress is realizing where our power lies; it lies in our ability to choose.
So today, choose. Choose to gain perspective. Choose to realize you have a choice.
1. Go for fresh air
You don't need to walk 10 miles to switch perspectives. Get outside. Catch the sunlight. Realize you're walking on this earth. Listen to the birds. Feel the temperature of the air.
2. Take deep breaths
Inhale counting to 4, exhale counting to 6. Every time you get to the bottom of your exhale, picture a place, a person, an experience that makes you feel at home. Every time you exhale, you're coming back home.
3. Get into your body
Don't think, do it. Put your shoes on and go for a run - no phone, no time to come back or to run for. Play an upbeat song you love and dance. Do a couple of sun salutations. Dance some more.
Don't set timers, don't think you have to be 'back' at a certain time, forget the should's - even for a couple of breaths, of steps, for a song.
You have the opportunity to choose. Every day.