Who doesn’t have stress? Even if you are the happiest person alive, there will be times of stress in your life.
According to Stress Elimination Expert Don Goewey, at least 80% of Americans were already dealing with stress before the economy went south. Oy. He says now stress seems out of control. I don’t know about you, but one of my goal words for 2010 is SIMPLIFY. And one of the drivers of that is to keep stress at bay.
Here’s help for you if stress is overtaking your life. Goewey shared this tool that begins to move you in a new direction. It can help you collapse anxious, stress provoking thinking before it escalates into a full blown stress reaction.
Step 1 Push the Clear Button: Imagine a button at the center of your palm that sends a biofeedback signal to calm the part of the primitive brain that generates stress reactions. Push the button and keep pressing it as you follow through with Step 2.
Step 2 Count to three: The primitive brain has the intelligence of a two-year-old, and like a two-year-old, it needs to be distracted. Your grandparents’ advice to count to three does the trick. But here’s today’s modernization on grandma’s advice: To further distract your primitive two-year-old from acting out, imagine each number as a color. See 1 as red, 2 as blue, and 3 as green, taking a slow, easy breath with each number you count.
Step 3 Let Go: On the final breath, let go. Feel your brain relax. Bring your attention to the present moment. Be right here, right now and smile gently, from the inside. Then go about your business with fearless self-confidence.
Goewey says, “By following these steps, you’ve escaped a debilitating stress reaction. Neurologically, you’ve switched control of your brain from primitive to higher neural networks where creative intelligence kicks in. When you do this, you begin to see solutions instead of all the problems a brain under stress tends to exaggerate. The Clear Button reactivates higher brain power, lifting you to the top of your game.”
What do you have to lose? Give it a try. It might just make your life simpler. 🙂