Not all of us are affected in the same way by the same stressors in life. Some people may reel from relationship conflicts and others may be deep in despair due to more global concerns. It may be your job that is causing distress – too much to do, too little pay, too much insecurity about its permanence or too little faith in you from your boss. It may be your need to fulfil the needs of others that keeps you from finding peace or spaces for calm in your day or it may be a litany of worries over things that you cannot control that keeps you from enjoying a good night’s sleep.
Regardless of the source, the stress that we experience in relation to our own personal life hassles is likely similar to the anxieties of the person in the office or the apartment next door. Unfortunately, not everyone will respond to the same “stress-reliever” as well as another might, so here are 5 easy methods for finding a moment of calm or a larger space of breathing room during the daily grind or when the wee, small hours of the night are creeping in on you as you wrestle with anxiety or fears.
These activities tend to drop you back from your distracting thoughts and ballooning worries into awareness of your breathing, your body, and your physical presence in the world. Your head can get in the way of your heart and when your worries are screaming for attention, they block out the ability to easily stay present in the moment. The methods described above provide strategies for wrestling control from uncontrollable thoughts which gives you the pause to gather your wits.