Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Managing Stress

By Julie Rahm
Are you feeling overwhelmed? The solution is to manage the effects of your problems, otherwise known as stress. Stress depletes your energy and keeps you stuck. Stress is simply the misinterpretation of everything that affects you. That may sound silly. But, most people don’t know the real reason for their stress. People hire me, because I get the right answer for them in their businesses and their lives. When you have the right answer, you know it, because you suddenly feel better. The right answer cures stress. Even if you don’t know what’s causing your stress, there are techniques you can use immediately for temporary relief of your symptoms.
The first technique is “holding your tongue”. Instead of letting co-workers or family members get to you, place the tip of your tongue gently against the roof of your mouth, about a quarter-inch behind your teeth. “Holding your tongue” keeps the energy flowing in your body, reducing stress and providing the boost you need to stay calm. And, you won’t be able to say something you’ll regret!
The second technique is breathing. Take five deep breaths before you speak. Find a private place and take five minutes to breathe. Count to four as you inhale, allowing the air to push your bellybutton out. Count to four as you exhale. Imagine exhaling whatever is causing stress. Breathing changes the physical response of your body, allowing negative energy to dissipate.
Another technique best done privately takes only two minutes. Close your eyes. Place your hand over your heart. As you inhale, imagine breathing in love and support.
Finally, learn from my dog, Tank. Shake it off. Like Tank after he gets wet, shake your body from head to toe. Shaking it off releases whatever negative energy is left in your body.
I use these techniques regularly for serious matters, and not-so-serious matters. For instance, early one morning I had only ten minutes to walk Tank. So, we turned his walk into a run. All was well until he found a huge mud puddle. Before I could say a word, Tank proceeded to push his chin and belly into the mud. Then, he rolled over and pushed the top of his head and back through the mud. When he finally emerged from the puddle, not one inch of him was clean. He looked like a canine Snickers bar just dipped in chocolate. And, he looked very pleased. I was substitute teaching that day and had to be at the school no later than 7:45AM. Bathing Tank would take at least seven minutes. “Holding my tongue”, Tank and I continued the run home. Managing the stress enabled me to maintain a good mood and work efficiently and effectively back home. I arrived at school at 7:44AM.
Ultimately, some stress is minor like the episode with Tank. Other stress is incapacitating. Either way, use these techniques to tune up your energy and tune out stress. Then, visit my website at 

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