UNWIND: Day Two

 

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Presence is Your Super Power

You now know that you must acknowledge the stressors in your life. 

In this session, you will learn to take back ownership of stress rather than have it own you.  How do you separate yourself from stress and its impact on you and convert to a sense of ownership?

The strategy you use is called “Presence.”  You have to bring yourself back to the “now.” Most of our stress lives in either the past or the future and, because of that, we normally deal with stress powerlessly and in a way that is not in the moment.  In order to separate yourself from stress, you must bring yourself back into the present moment.  This is the pure definition of “mindfulness.”

There are three ways to accomplish this.

  1. Use your senses first – sight, sound, smell, touch and taste.  For example, stop wherever you are in a stressful situation and identify five different things visually.  Notice anything that you might hear.  Take a deep breath and determine the qualities of the air – is it fresh, or stale, or tinged with an odor?  Is your body touching anything like the floor or the seat of a chair?  Swallow hard or roll your tongue around in your mouth to see if you can define any taste. In doing this exercise, you are connecting back to your senses which are totally connected to you. 

  2. Breathe.  Breathing is your natural, internal stress reducer.  Once you’ve gone through your senses, take 3 or 4 nice, long breaths.

  3. Notice your body.  Your body holds the tension from the stress that overpowers you.  If you can identify, in the moment, the areas of the body that hare holding the stress, take your breath to that part of the body and start to relax.

You have a good bit to practice now and it’s important that you do so in order for these techniques to become routine.  Always acknowledge your stress and know that it is not going to go away.  Don’t forget to repeat your mantra.

Please always feel free to leave a comment about what might have resonated with you during this session and, if you have a question, don’t hesitate to ask.