Feeling stressed? About to rip into someone? Why not try this little mindfulness trick!
When your feeling stressed, stop, and question yourself. What exactly is bothering you? Maybe you’re expecting something bad to happen, maybe an argument is just around the corner, maybe you’re just worried about something. Try to understand what the issue is, and make a note of everything you find.
Now, see if you can directly work with these mind-irritants. Could you:
- Make a phone call that’s on your mind?
- Take an aspirin for any pain?
- Apologize to whomever you were fighting with?
- Write things down on a to do list?
- Go for a walk in the park to ease your stress?
Try to get things off your mind. If there’s nothing you can do right now, tell yourself that and let that knowledge give you comfort.
This little mindfulness trick is a way of training yourself to be fully present with what is happening right now. Through the sheer power of awareness, we come to accept life as it is, not as we would like it to be.
Now, slowly shrug your shoulders and open your eyes. Take a deep breath, smile, and take on the next task in your life.
Even if you do this 1 time for every 10 stressful moments in your life, you will quickly realize that is has a profoundly positive impact on your existence. Learn how to use the breath for ultimate mindfulness.