“Stress level: extreme. It’s like she was a jar with the lid screwed on too tight, and inside the jar were pickles, angry pickles, and they were fermenting, and about to explode.”
― Fiona Wood
Wouldn’t be nice to have a stress free zone where none of the pressures of the world or of your own mind would invade the quiet? There is without doubt more demands on people’s time than ever before. Everything is rushed and hurried and that only serves to build stress. People work more hours in the hopes of staying ahead of the tidal wave of work and they can’t keep up.
I know of people who are working so hard that they give up the only thing left in their day to give, sleep. The lack of sleep only increases their stress and it boils over into relationships that start feeling the toxins of living in a time compressed week. Only if there was a way out of the tension and pressures that each day grip us in a tightening vise.
With so much to do and little time to do all that needs to be done it doesn’t seem like there is any way to take time away to restore and revitalize your life.
There are ways to create small quiet zones and little bit of peace in a noisy day.
1. Go for a walk alone – it can be as short as 5 minutes.
2. Sit in your chair, close your eyes, relax and take in some deep breaths and exhale slowly. Do that for 5 minutes – focus on letting the stress go. You can say to yourself, “Let my stress go”, just repeat it as you breathe in and out.
3. Get away from electronic devices – phones, screens, texts. Take a technology break and step away from what those devices say to you.
4. Take a piece of paper and draw or scribble – just do some freehand movement. Think about your stress and draw it out – let it emerge from you without any direction or control.
The important thing is to take time out to get the stress out. You might have a bad manager that creates stress for you and the best way to manage that is to “get away”. Take some time to “get away” from it all. Even a few minutes can have a powerful and lasting impact on the reduction of your stress.
OK. Now go try it. Find a stress free practice that helps you destroy stress in your day.