In today’s tough economic times, many people are facing very difficult life situations. There is mounting stress and uncertainty in the air because so many people have already lost their jobs and their homes. It’s not always easy to stay cool, calm and collected when you don’t know what to expect tomorrow.
You may feel that managing your stress is impossible in today’s economic world. But after working as a psychotherapist for 30 years, I have found 7 simple, stress-reducing skills that have proven themselves again and again for coming through the darkness to a more light-hearted, stress-free way of living.
7 Stress Relieving Techniques
1. Cry the tears that need to be cried. Tears clean the windows of your soul. If there’s no one you can talk to, express your feelings in a journal until your body relaxes and you feel a sense of relief.
2. See every challenge as an opportunity to grow. Ask for divine help to face challenges in the best way possible and to find a positive solution that feels good to you.
3. Choose a new reality. Instead of focusing on the current negative appearances, affirm to yourself “I’m choosing a new reality.” Then choose positive thoughts and beliefs that affirm the positive reality you want to create and program them regularly into your mind.
4. Imagine in living color what it would be like if a total miracle happened in your life. What you would see, hear, feel, smell and taste if, by some miracle, your life took a definite turn for the better?
5. Brainstorm possible solutions until you find one that feels good to you. When you find a possible solution that you feel good about, take some positive action today towards changing your life for the better.
6. Practice showing love to every person you come in contact with. Remember that when you give love, love also comes back to you.
7. Look at the funny side of life and find things to laugh about. Share your sense of humor with everyone around you, so that they can laugh and have fun too.
Repeat these stress-reducing techniques every day until things get better. Once you experience the feeling of being authentically stress-free and light-hearted, you may want to continue doing it for the rest of your life.
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