Just a Few Simple Steps to Serenity
These days it’s rare to find someone that isn’t stressed out about something. Whatever the cause may be, there are a few simple steps you can take to recalibrate your emotional and physical readout; it will take about 3 minutes and you can do it anywhere. And it doesn’t involve making any unusual movements or saying anything out loud that would attract attention from the people around you.
As soon as you start to feel the first signs of overload, stop. Really, just stop where you are. Take a deep breath, then another. Make a deliberate effort to become aware of your surroundings. Feel your feet on the floor (or the ground). Notice the rise and fall of your chest as you breathe. Soften your gaze, relax your neck and shoulders. Remind yourself that you are alive, and here, now. Then think of just one thing that you love without reservation. And if you let it, that one thing - whether it’s a person, a place, a pet, a book, a piece of music – will lead you back to the truth of your being.
Nina Lockwood, MSW, HTCP, is a healer, teacher and coach.