Posted on Mar 2nd, 2006

1. Be aware of your surroundings

If you find yourself continuously thinking back to a stressful situation, remember that it is over, at least for the moment. Look around. Become aware of your surroundings. Focus on your breathing. Whenever you find yourself slipping back into the stressful memory, say to yourself, "I am here now." This is one of the best methods I’ve found for instant stress relief.

2. See anything that causes you stress, as a Test.

Imagine that the things that cause you stress, are merely distractions. These things are testing your ability to remain centered. If you look at it as a test, something that gives you the opportunity to make a choice about how to feel, it stops having power over you. You will then find it easier to choose happiness.

3. Take time for yourself

This is incredibly important. If you can, make time each day JUST FOR YOURSELF. Whether you can take 10 minutes or an hour, make sure that you do. Spending time by yourself, relaxing and focusing on the moment helps to give you the mental break you need to unwind. If you have a period of quietness throughout the day, meditate. This clears the mind like nothing else. Simply focus on your breathing for 10 minutes or more. If your mind starts to wander, don’t worry about it. Just bring your awareness back to your breathing.

These are great tools for stress relief. Practice them whenever you can. Incorporate them into your daily routine, and you will find yourself much calmer and more relaxed at all times.

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