How aware of yourself are you on a regular basis? While you are probably aware of a lot of your thoughts, they are just one facet of your experience...
How regularly do you check in to see how else you are doing? ...Like with your emotions, your energy, or how your body is feeling? And what does this have to do with stress anyway?
Stress is something we all deal with all day long, thanks to smart phones, email, to do lists: we are in constant contact with what's going on with the world…
Our nervous systems are amped by the next bit of information, always on its way. And we are pulled, by all of this stimulation, away from paying attention to our own bodies, emotions, and minds.
Tuning in and becoming aware of what is going on for you in any moment can help bring down stress. How often do you intentionally tune into yourself in the same way you do your phone, ipod, or even other people?
Here are some things you can try to tune into the next time you need some space:
-How's your body feeling? Relaxed, tense, heavy?
-What are your thoughts like? Positive, negative, neutral?
-How's your mind (emotions)? Worried, relaxed, happy, stressed?
Once you have begun to check in with yourself, try taking a deep breath and relaxing with whatever you find. Regardless of whether what you find is pleasant or unpleasant, is a thought or a feeling, doing this will create some space where you can relax – even in the middle of discomfort or feeling on the go.
Energy, creativity, and motivation, come out of space and stillness. When you are constantly checking into everything BUT yourself, you lose that space and stillness.
Saying “Pause” to the constant input by checking in and seeing how you're doing is kind of radical and brave. Learning how to relax with whatever you find, can help create space where greater well-being, ideas, and inspiration can grow. Simply hit reply, if you'd like to talk... A one on one conversation about coaching can really help.
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