By: Kathy Kent Toney, CEO & Founder of Kent Business Solutions
With all the crazy stuff going on in our world, finding peace of mind and a serene center may be difficult.
I don’t know about you, but that’s certainly been the case with me lately. I've been playing catch-up after Michael Cantu and I launched our paperback version of our best-selling e-book, No-Nonsense Digital Transformation, last month. I have more than I can do at this point!
In times like these, I love to use the following techniques to help me feel more serene and present in my circumstances.
I’m sharing them with you in hopes they’ll help you, either now or in the future, when life gets crazy.
1. Practice the 5-Senses Grounding Technique
When I’m too excited about something or am stressed out, and my brain is going 90 mph, practicing these grounding techniques helps me. I’ll find a quiet space to focus intently on these five steps, moving slowly from one to the next.
5: Acknowledge FIVE things you see around you. ...
4: Acknowledge FOUR things you can touch around you. ...
3: Acknowledge THREE things you hear. ...
2: Acknowledge TWO things you can smell. ...
1: Acknowledge ONE thing you can taste.
You’ll hopefully feel calmer and more present in your circumstances when you finish.
2. Share Your Life with Friends
If you’re anything like me, I work from home with no one but my dogs to keep me company during the day. The isolation can sometimes get to me.
Since I am an external processor, I make it a point to reach out and share my life with friends to have in-depth, authentic conversations. Doing so helps me to stay more centered. And even in times of excitement, sharing your recent experiences with friends can be fun. That can even uplift them!
I’ve been journaling since my late 20s, and it has been my lifeline. If you have a myriad of emotions you’re experiencing, working through those with pen and paper can be therapeutic. It’s certainly been that way for me.
And there’s proof of how powerful journaling can be. Studies show that journaling can reduce the adverse effects of stress, decrease the symptoms of chronic health conditions, improve clarity, and help with problem-solving.
If you’re unsure how to start, there’s no set formula. Just start! You don’t have to think about what you’re going to say. Just let the words flow.
I hope these tips will help you reduce your stress levels. If you have a chance to try them out, I’d love to hear how they worked for you!
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