Strategies for managing your stress
This is the time of year when stress is building. The weather is against us, there is so much to do, shops are crowded and people are short tempered.
So what do you do when you’re stuck in yet another traffic jam or checkout queue? You feel frustration mounting, your heart rate increasing, panic setting in?
Ask yourself – what’s the worst that can happen? Will the world end if I arrive at my next appointment a few minutes late? Of course it wont!
So just be kind to yourself. Sit back, focus on your breathing, observe the breath, see if you can slow your heart rate by just paying attention to the rise and fall of your chest, the expansion of your ribs.
Imagine the air you inhale is cool and calming. Let it flow through you, releasing tension and allowing you to relax and be patient.
What’s the worst that can happen……………… You’ll feel so much better.
For more hints and tips visit Mind to Change – www.mindtochange.co.uk.