Perception Reframing - Perceiving the stress as a benefit and motivator rather than a dead end. For instance, a certain boss or teacher is constantly belittling you or being passive aggressive. Instead of seeing this behavior as "I can't ever do anything right so why try" mentality, see it as what it most likely is, THEIR ISSUE! 9 times out of 10 a person in authority is operating under an enormous amount of stress and pressure to perform. They pass that stress on down to their students and employees to perform better to please the powers that be. When someone is berating you think about what and where this is really coming from and feel sorry for them. Feel compassion for their circumstances that lead them to this place of anger and resentment. In saying that, it also could be that you are falling short on your responsibility which will lead to stress. Be vulnerable and ask for guidance. Defensiveness is the fastest way to closing the door to growth and fulfillment. Seeing yourself as successful and in a better place will manifest that for you. Seeing yourself in a no way out situation will keep you stuck in the stress.
Laugh!- Watch your favorite comedian or funny videos. Give yourself a laugh hour everyday. Making this a family time will help your whole family destress and unwind. It will also help your kids see you as more than a bundle of stress.
Qi Gong (Chinese Yoga) - This is an amazing de-stressor. With practice, Qi gong will help you live at a slower, less hectic pace. Being mindful of your breathe and movement will become natural even when not performing the exercise. Watch this tape and learn some basic Qi gong moves to get you started on a journey to better mental and physical health.
Below are four simple Jin Shin Jyutsu techniques, with many more readily available online:
- Anxiety: To calm nerves and quell anxiety, hold the last 3 fingers of your hand (on either side). Do this whenever you are nervous about an impending meeting, procedure, or conversation—or simply for general anxiety.
- Energy: To boost energy and combat fatigue, simply sit on your hands, palms up, for 10 minutes. This technique can also be performed lying down. Added bonus: this method may also help reduce cellulite by stimulating the release of toxins.
- Tummy troubles: To soothe stomachaches and reduce gas, hold your thumbs, one at a time. Added bonus: this technique can also ease worry.
- Cancer Prevention: To strengthen your defenses against cancer and boost overall immune function, place the fingers of both hands on your breast bone (sternum). Perform this technique for a few minutes every day.