By: Kathy Kent Toney, CEO & Founder of Kent Business Solutions
How many of you sometimes find it difficult to slow down and collect your thoughts when under stress? Or, you get so excited that it negatively affects your ability to sleep? Or, on occasion, you experience both but at the same time?
Well, that’s where I’ve been living off and on lately, for a good reason!
Michael Cantu and I are excited to announce that the pre-buy sale of our long-awaited book, No-Nonsense Digital Transformation, is tomorrow! We are pumped, to say the least!
There is so much involved in publishing a book; stress levels (and excitement) have been challenging to manage at times! Thankfully, there are several things I’ve been doing to help stay grounded. Since these are fresh on my mind, I’d like to share them with you!
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.
When you finish, you’ll hopefully feel calmer and more present in your circumstances.
2. Share Your Life with Friends
If you’re anything like me, I work from home with no one but my dogs and bird 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, it’s so fun to share your recent experiences with friends. That can even uplift them!
I’ve been journaling since my late 20’s, and it has been a lifeline for me. 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 not sure 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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