By Elizabeth Bohorquez, RN, C.Ht
We all know about stress, but few work to
manage it in the "moments", where it is needed most. This
"moment" of stress release can also be utilized to program the
mind for high level creativity & goal achievement.
Managing stress moment to moment is key in high level performance & in the attainment of optimum health. Those who
manage stress well are highly rewarded in many different areas
of their life. Those that don't, also reap benefits.
Take some time to look around you & spot check who manages
stress well & who doesn't. Look at the differences in outcomes.
Life is like a big classroom with lots of experiments going on
at the same time. It is a good idea to "tune in" to the lessons
being presented. This will help you weed out those that bring
negative consequences. This way you won't have to experience
them for yourself. Someone else is doing you this favor!
Stress Management "To Do" List
Watch out for sugars, caffeine, alcohol & other stimulants.
What you put in your body affects your mind. Learn to notice
body changes in relation to food, especially hypoglycemic dips.
Dietary problems lead to increased stress, tension & anxiety.
They are often the reason for sleep disorders. What happens at
breakfast, or what doesn't happen at breakfast can affect your
level of sleep that night!
Stop smoking for obvious reasons & for some not quite so obvious.
Tune into your body! Learn to practice mental biofeedback/body
scanning. This subconscious mind program will not only decrease
stress chemical production during the day, but will help in-
crease concentration, focus & flexibility of thought.
Read your body tension frequently during the day & release.
This ongoing attention to the stress chemical levels with leave
you feeling energized at the end of your day.
Learn the power of insight meditation. Meditating brings your
body into a healthy balance, allowing the exit of stress through
healthy channels, helping to decrease the power of negative
emotional turmoil while increasing your power of concentration,
focus & flexibility.
Cultivate the art of mindfulness.
Learning to "notice" & be aware are the most important tools you
can acquire. The large majority of people roam the earth in a
trance-like state. It is only when you wake up to what is
really going on, that you can make progress on all levels.
Watch out for striving & excessive efforting. These are deadly.
Develop visualization skills.
The subconscious mind does not know the difference from reality
or something imagined. Use this to your advantage. Certainly
be aware when your imaginings are planting negative messages !
Remember, all thoughts are chemically coded. Positive images
will take you to any goal & also design the "to do" steps.
Learn to recognize the VOJ ( voice of judgement).
Practice the art of noticing in relation to all judgments.
Be careful not to judge the judgment. Utilize self-hypnotic
techniques, incorporating positive affirmations. Develop a
room in your mind where you go to work on self-development.
Observe your prison cell. See the "bars" that are the strongest,
and work to open a space. Some include mind bound, lack of integrity, confusion, fear of conflict, approval seeking, denial
of emotions, lack of communication, self-doubt & lack of awareness. Observe
where you are stuck in the "quicksand." Circumstances, job,
fear, certain people, past choices, outgrowth relationships, old
thoughts & feelings.
Learn to wake-up!
Learn the art of balancing your lifestyle. Observe where you
are out of balance & utilize your subconscious powers to put you
back on track.
Utilize good time-management skills.
Learn to observe your activities within the "big picture" &
then learn to say the magic word, "No."
Learn to understand & accept that nothing is permanent.
Everything passes & letting it pass reduces stress & fatigue.
It will also strengthen you. When we obstruct our thoughts,
emotions & body sensations we keep stress chemicals trapped in
our bodies where they do the most harm. Over 65% of all disease
processes are stress-related. Remember the formula: Notice,
observe, locate your breath & return to your alpha state
Here are some powerful self-exploration questions to help wake
you up & place you down into a better place for your optimum mind-body performance ! Don't be lazy in how you approach this
work. Those who work well in managing stress not only save their lives, but actually open the door to the highest level of
creative thought as the stress is released in the moments.
1. Do you have a stress management program? Is it a true
management program or one of stress-releasing such as
exercise? Think about how they are different.
2. How do you manage stress throughout your day? Think about
how an organized plan can assist you. See yourself in your
mind's eye managing stress in different areas of your life.
3. In what area do you manage stress the best? Notice the
tools you utilize.
4. In what area do you have the biggest problems managing
stress? In your mind's eye, take the tools you utilized
in #3 & see yourself applying them in this area.
5. What can you do today to start implementing the above
plan? Go ahead & place it on your calendar.
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