Our modern world is beset with a billion distractions. It may be the smart phone in your pocket, or the ticker on your desktop, or the piling to do list that seems to be endless. No wonder you feel distracted and stressed out. You feel that things will sort themselves out and this feeling of confusion will go away. But it only gets worse day by day. In these days of hyper- connectivity, its not surprising that most people are stressed. But that fact which we ignore is that stress can cause much damage and literally ruin our health. Then what is the recourse? How do we escape from the clutches of stress.
People who have gone through the ravages that stress causes have come up with suggestions that have worked wonders for them. The answer is to de-clutter. To free up your mind and give it time to rest and digest. Here a five simple routine steps that can help you beat stress.
Practice deep breathing to relax
Feeling excessively stressed out? Want to grasp any last straw that will show you a way out. Don’t fret. Start with this simple yet highly effective routine. Simply stop whatever you are doing and take a deep breath. Look around and relax your muscles. Now do it once more. Deep breathing is a repetitive and rhythmic action and it is remarkably effective in clearing you mental chatter. Its a truth that Navy seals do four minutes of deep breathing before setting out on mission to balance the high stress levels. The more deep breaths you take, the better you feel. Focusing on your breathing increases the activity of the attention muscle in your brain with amazing results.
Do not regret about past – consider it as a learning experience
Your mental clutter may also include regrets from the past. Something you would have liked to do differently. Don’t agonize over it. Take it as a lesson learned and think of how you can do better in the future in a similar situation. This process of analysis of the past will help to clear away regret from what has already happened and you can do nothing about it now. This is a technique known as After action Review which helps army personnel to learn from the past and do better in the future. It will not only unburden your mind but will also help you to be more productive in the future.
Plan for the future
The future is unknown and hence a cause of worry and anxiety for many. But there are ways to over come this uncertainty that is the cause of a great deal of damaging mental clutter. The answer here is what even Olympic players have vouched for. That is to envision the future. Think of what you are trying to do and how you will go about doing that. What steps or measures will you take. Giving yourself sensible answers for these questions will raise your confidence levels and also put your anxious thoughts about the future to rest.
Prioritise your activities
If you are feeling overwhelmed by a situation, just stop yourself to ask the question. Is this really necessary? You may be doing so many things on a regular basis that are not really necessary at all. All of them will add up and build up to drown you in stress. If you add up the minutes you spend on unnecessary activities, they will add up to many hours a week. To deal with it, ask yourself what is the most important thing to be done today. Focus on that and any other odd jobs, could they be postponed, or could someone else do the ? Weigh these answers and free yourself from things that clutter your day, your mind and your life.
Free up your mind and find yourself a much happier, healthier and efficient person.