It’s mid-week and the stress from work can be a stranglehold.
You have a pile-up of to-dos, sudden priorities, and neglected projects that need your attention.
Where do you start?
Here are 5 Ways To Regain Your Mind When Stressed:
Killing time is usually looked at as a bad thing in our productive society, and in general context, this point is counterintuitive since it makes it seem like I’m referring to “kill time” as in lollygag.
What I’m actually referring to is the ability to set time aside and pretend the clock doesn’t exist. The rush to be somewhere or get something done is replaced by a brief moment for you to unwind.
Being in the moment not only requires that you are more aware of what’s going on around you (external) and the way you feel (internal), but it involves letting go of all thoughts and emotions whatsoever.
Many of us carry our past with us, like details as minute as the encounter we had with our slow waiter at lunch or we try and grip the future by thinking of our afternoon obligations all morning.
Imagine you were on a beach in Waikiki or on an adventurous hike in the Swiss Alps. Would any of these problems matter here?
Allow your nerves to ease into the wonders of your imagination and kill time by letting the stresses of your day be carried away for a brief period where you can regroup.
2. Go For A Curious Walk
Walking stimulates your mind and resets your environment.
The difference between a curious walk and a normal one is a curious walk sets the intention that you are free and given self-permission to explore your environment and get lost in a new perspective.
Nature is good for our health and as obvious as that might sound, people who live or work in urban areas do not get a lot of time with nature.
By stepping away from your computer and going for a curious walk, you’re increasing your ability to adapt to change and receiving health benefits for your overall well-being.
A curious walk is not a step-counting competition or a calorie-burning one either, it’s simply a method to release and regain your mind when stressed.
Try looking at the leaves on the trees or the graffiti on the walls, what do you see?
By engaging your curious mind, you’re opening up pathways in your brain that may have closed after years of doing the same thing.
This newfound creativity booster can take you into new areas of your life for future stress relief activities like painting or writing.
A 15-minute sidewalk journey is more than enough time to gain some clarity and be able to get you back to what you need to get done with a refreshed attitude.
3. Stare At An Inanimate Object
Starring at an inanimate object can help you see more clearly.
It has the tendency to bring fourth pareidolia, which gives you a creative boost as well.
In addition, it allows you to get lost in your mind while connecting you with the outside world.
A yoga teacher will tell you to stare at the top of your mat or to look into the mirror at your reflected eyes. Along with good posture, this focusing on one point or object can balance your mind and help you more effectively control your thoughts.
It’s a form of meditation and provides future benefits as well.
How this works is over time you start to build the skill for focusing on a problem longer. The longer you are able to understand and unfold the layers of a problem, the more successful you will be at finding a solution.
4. Destroy A Blank Sheet Of Paper
This is not to get confused with burning paper or making it your enemy.
This is simply a way to relieve yourself from all the jumbly-googly-gock in your head. (Is that a word?)
Set a timer for one minute and begin to write down anything and everything that comes to your mind.
It’s like destroying that blank sheet of paper is like destroying your negative demons. You’re in rapid-fire mode and there’s stopping you.
Don’t worry about the weird, crazy, and absurd things that get written down. The point is not for you to judge any of it or analyze and take with you to therapy since the stuff that came up was just a fire hose of useless energy.
Once the minute has passed, throw the paper away.
You’re done with it and now your mind is back to a place where you’re free to work in a more positive light.
5. Quick (not-actual) Gym Session
It’s true that our brain responds to exercise by increasing blood flow and producing new cells.
If we need a moment to pause and regain our mind, we usually don’t have time to go to the gym.
But that’s no excuse to put exercise off for later. Right now, you can do:
10 jumping jacks
10 leg lifts
Or anything else
This is about getting a quick, little boost to your brain, which will help you feel better and more in control.
Then once you’re finished and probably a little sweaty, go back to what you were doing, knowing you also burned some calories ;)
No matter if you decide to follow one or all of these pointers, you will be better off then you were before.
Not doing anything, however, has a very clear result: Stagnancy i.e. you’re stuck.
When you choose a better version of yourself, the momentum eventually kicks in and through time, you show up more alert, aware, and positive. You’ll remain in a state of wholeness and this is where can grow.
May you find growth. ~ Stephen T. Wawryk #lunamaha
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