In today’s fast paced, multitasking world we find ourselves more stressed than ever before. When someone is in stress it has direct affects from hormones that govern many tasks like digestion, circulation and the brain function. And there are secondary affects of stress that can lead to disease and emotional distress.

Here are 6 steps you can take to help you manage through stress related issues.

  1. Consciousness: We can accommodate to stress and numb out from the reaction and body response to it. Become aware and recognize that you are feeling stress. This is done with no judgment as stress is a response to a situation in our environment that we are hard wired to attend to. However, many of us are out of tune to our bodies and need to practice some form of conscious insight to our feelings and body signals (increased pulse and breathing rate…).
  2. Breathe: You want to break the philological response to stress and performing conscious breathing is a great way to do this. Conscious breath work is a form of meditation that will add increased oxygen to your body and stop the adrenaline from pumping in acute stressful situations. Breath work also opens your second and third chakras that can become stagnant in more chronic stressful situations.
  3. Affirm:  Affirmations during or after breath work is a good energetic message to ourselves and to the universe that we are intending a positive shift out of the stress. Find a few affirmations that apply to your situation, “I am safe, I am able to handle whatever comes my way with grace….” Use your affirmations by letting them evolve as you move through the stress process.
  4. A-line: Balance your energy through varied practices like yoga, Reike, SoulCollage®, or Ti Chi to open your energy centers. Responding to stress and moving though it even in the most positive way can leave residual heavy energy stuck in your chakra centers. The sooner you can move this energy on out the more centered and balanced you will feel.
  5. Analyze: Is this something in my control or not? If it is in your control and you have gone through the above steps it becomes easier to make a plan that a-lines with your highest good. Often times when something is not in our control it can also lead to anxiety as we feel powerless against it. This is where spiritual practice (what ever that may be) and trust in the universe for your highest good comes into play.
  6. Maintain: Revisit steps 1-5 frequently. They are fluid and may require repetition several times per stressful event. Feel empowered and not a victim; you are in control with how you choose to respond to stress once you are conscious of it. Reliving the event by repeatedly telling your story can keep your energy in the stress mode and your energy gets stuck in that pattern believing the reinforcement of the story is what is the truth.

Teresa Van Lanen is a life coach and Occupational Therapist with over 30 years of experience. She works with individuals and groups to release blocks and increase their level of joy and happiness. Visit Teresa on facebook or her website www.makingartoflife.com.

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