“What are you doing to manage and reduce your stress?” my doctor asked. “Yoga,” I lied. Probably one of the most humiliating moments of my life – when I realized I was the stressed out yoga teacher. And while I was practicing yoga consistently, I wasn’t using it to manage my stress. (Not all yoga is relaxing, we’ll get to this topic on another day).
We’ve all been there. We’ve all gotten to the point of overwhelm with our busy lives, tense and tight muscles that cause physical distress, and the ongoing negative chatter in our monkey mind. It’s part of being human. Even the people with all the relaxation and stress-reduction tools can fall into the overwhelm trap (I say this from experience!)
I want to go deeply into this over the next month or so – how stress management is a practice, and not a one-time thing. And we’ll talk about some things we can do consistently to acknowledge and reduce it. But first, here are a couple of quick ideas for when you need to stop overwhelm in its tracks NOW.
Step 1: Be totally OK with it. We’re not perfect, and nobody asked us to be (except maybe ourselves, right?). It’s a part of our human experience. Just acknowledge that you’ve let it get this far, and put yourself in check! Forgive yourself first, and then take action.
Step 2: Be grateful and appreciative. We all have junky days sometimes, but there are always blessings to count. Think of 10 things NOW that you are grateful for. (Don’t you feel better already?) **My husband always keeps me in check by asking “do you have a roof over your head, food in your belly, shoes on your feet?” I’m like… Oh yeah, good point :)
Other optional things that are super easy and will seriously help:
I hope this gives you some ideas. I want to seriously dive into stress management, but sometimes it’s a stress emergency, so these are a few things I’ve found can help. If you have questions, please let me know in the comments! I’d love to hear other ways you love to stop your stress in its tracks!
B is a 500-hr Yoga Teacher with the American Viniyoga Institute, a Reiki Master, Seicheim Master, and sparkle enthusiast!