The Spice Of Life

Life will never be stress free. Extraordinary experiences come with a certain level of stress. Love, purpose, legacy, etcetera. There are several proven ways to reduce stress, including asana, pranayama, and meditation. But what about the stress that still remains? Kelly McGonigal PhD, author of The Upside of Stress, suggests reframing it.

Allowing stress to fester can have a negative affect on our physical and mental health. Yet, we have the power to make stress work for us.

The Upside of Stress is full of takeaways. These two nuggets stood out the most:

  1. Change your relationship to the every day experiences you perceive as hassles. Take the time to write down your values and then go back each day to note how your day’s activities relate to your values. Reframe the stressful experiences you had to endure into expressions of your values.
  2. Reframe anxiety and nerves as excitement. Channel stress into excitement to be perceived as more confident, competent, and graceful. Use that energy to encourage yourself and make things happen.

I have implemented these two strategies to embrace my remaining stress as the spice of life. Daily hassles are expressions of the intentions I have set for the 8 dimensions of wellness and public speaking excites me.

Give these a try and let me know what you think!

Interested in ready Kelly’s book? Buy a copy by clicking the link below. Happy reading!

The Upside of Stress: Why Stress Is Good for You, and How to Get Good at It

 

 

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Deepak Chopra’s 7 Steps To Processing Emotions

Humans are emotional beings, yet releasing emotions can be difficult for many. Suppressing emotions can have serious consequences on wellness including insomnia, hostility, and anxiety. So if we know that bottling up our emotions is detrimental but have a hard time letting them out, what do we do?

Deepak Chopra recommends this 7 step exercise:

Close your eyes and focus on your breathing. Using your memory, bring up an event that created an emotional upset. Think about the event and try to picture it as vividly as you can. Put yourself back into the scene and pay attention to which emotions come up.

  1. Witness the emotion and name the feeling: You may say, “I feel sad,” “I am angry,” or “I experience anxiety.”
  2. Locate the emotion in your body: Give your body a scan. Do you feel heaviness your chest or tightness in your gut or shoulders? This is where you are storing this specific emotion.
  3. Express the emotion: Place your hand on the area of the physical sensation and say, “It hurts here,” “It is tight here,” or “I feel pain here.” By acknowledging the feeling, you are taking the first step to release the tension. Next take out a pen and paper and express your emotion on paper. Do this in three ways: first from your experience, then from a second person’s account and then from a third person’s perspective.
  4. Take responsibility for your feeling: Realize that this is your emotion. No one made you feel angry, anxious or sad. By doing this, you no longer blame anyone for your pain and you also realize that you do not need anyone else or an alternative substance to make the pain or emotion go away.
  5. Release the emotion: This is the most essential step. Bring the scene back in front of your mind’s eye and experience the feeling in your body. Breathe deeply, and with every exhale, work on releases the emotion. Try visualizing the anger moving out of your body, or express yourself verbally with a tone that resonates with that part of the body. Continue releasing the emotion with each exhale until the sensation in your body subsides and a feeling of ease sets in. To further process, release it with a ritual. If you have, for example, written your emotions on paper, you could safely burn the paper and then release its ashes into the wind.
  6. Share your experience: Ask yourself: What have I learned from the experience? If you could speak to the person involved, what would you say to her now? You can do that in person or journal a possible dialog.
  7. Celebrate the process: Congratulate yourself on turning a challenging situation into an opportunity for growth. Turn up the music, go for a walk, take yourself on a date, and celebrate!

 

 

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