Last week we focused a lot on self-love, being kinder to yourself and liking yourself more, how did you get on with that?
This week I want us to look at ways we can reduce stress in our lives which should help with the self-love even more.
The first thing I would like you to do this week is have a think about the things that stress you out. Try not to think about them too much we don’t want to start the week wired, but we need to be aware of the stuff so we can work on reducing the stress or getting rid o it completely.
Today, have a think about the things that get you worked up the most. Make a list of them, number them on a scale of 0 – 10 where 0 is stressful but you enjoy and 10 is so stressful you keep avoiding it, even thinking about it makes you feel sick.
Then we need to look at the 10’s to break them down to work out what exactly is it that makes you feel stressed about the situation. Is there any way you can delegate it? If it’s dealing with a particular person, is there a way that you can deal with them less or find a way to not have to be in contact with them?
Quite often when you break things down to see what it is that stresses you out about it the problem isn’t as big as you originally thought…
One thing that I want you to remember to focus on all week is your breathing.
Notice how you breathe, if it’s shallow and just in to the top of your chest your stress levels are naturally going to be higher (your body doesn’t know that the shallow breathing is just you not taking a breath and releases your stress hormone cortisol).
When you breathe I want you to let your lungs expand as much as possible, let your ribs expand and your belly rise. Then slowly let the breath back out. Counting your breath in for 4 and out for 8 is a good exercise to practice – notice how calm you feel when you are counting your breaths.
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