60 Second Stress Busters

Stress Buster tip #1: Take a beauty breath

Oxygen! Who would have thought it!

We forget to breathe sometimes and our breathing becomes shallow or you may even find yourself holding your breath. To test if you are using all your lung capacity, put your one hand on your chest and the other on your belly – watch or feel if you hands are both moving. If only one is then you aren’t using your full capacity.

Try this now: Breathe in through your nose for a count of five, hold it for a count of three and release it slowly through your mouth for a count of seven.

You can do this sitting, standing, driving, in a meeting or in lift and even in bed for a good night’s sleep. Even if you do it just once a day, you’ll find the effect remarkable.

If you start to feel a bit light headed please stop! Learning breathing techniques for relaxation and stress reduction takes practice, don’t take as deep a breath and over a period of time increase your intake.

Every part of our body needs oxygen! In fact, every tissue and every cell in the body needs a constant supply of oxygen to work properly. Oxygen gets into our cells and tissues via the lungs. The lungs breathe in oxygen from the air, then pass the oxygen into the bloodstream through millions of tiny air sacs called alveoli. It keeps you looking young!

Stress Buster tip #2: Take… a dump

A mind-dump! This is so powerful and I’ve lost count of the people I have told to try this…

Sometimes it seems that there’s just too much to do, so many people making demands on your time, there is so much chatter going on in your head. Who wouldn’t be stressed out! So, get it out of your head and down on paper!

Try this now: Take a pad and write down everything — all the dialogue that’s running in your head. All the lists, tasks, notes, to-do’s, concerns and worries.

Once on paper, prioritise them, you can use your own system or email me and I can send you one. As you go through them, decide, if you really need them on your list, if you don’t cross them off!

The purpose of the mind-dump is to get it out of your head, and it is important to WRITE it down – the old fashioned way pen and paper!

Can’t sleep with all the chatter going on? Get up and do this exercise and then head back to bed.

Stress Buster tip #3: Take satisfaction

We spend so much of our time trying to create a better life for ourselves and our loved-ones. We work hard, we experience struggles and victories and encounter defeat and all this whilst trying to show the appearance of staying in control. All this striving can take its toll on our bodies and our mind and it keeps us from seeing the beauty of the here and now.

Try this: Take a beauty breath tip (#1) . Look around you. Be grateful for who you are, be grateful for where you are and be grateful for all you have.

If a negative thought pops in your head, take a pin to it and pop it! Take 60 seconds to live in the present; pat your self on the back for all you have achieved. If all you can see are struggles and defeats; be grateful for all they have taught you.

This will probably be the hardest stress buster to master and it may take some practice. But if you can master it, when a challenging situation raises it won’t raise your stress levels as high.