I’m too stressed to de-stress
I have written about controlling stress quite a bit on this blog, most recently in my post yesterday on cortisol control. I also posted another blog on 8 simple ways to relieve stress for some thoughts on actions you can take to aid in this stress control.
Many stress reduction techniques involve time – consider deep breathing, meditation, or mindfulness which are all excellent techniques but require stepping away from the issue at hand that is causing the stress and focusing completely on something else.
Consider stress control techniques which can be done quickly
The more conventional techniques may not always be practical in this deadline driven world we live in. It would be great to have something which kept you in your workflow and just took less than a minute or so.
I am linking to an article I ran across on The Huffington Post on several quick de-stressing strategies by Paula Davis-Laack, JD, MAPP, a lawyer turned stress and resilience expert. Having burned out at the end of her law practice, she now works with organizations and individuals to build stress resilience. You can connect with Paula and to learn more about her work at pauladavislaack.com.
What I like about these techniques is that many of them just taking a moment to be aware of what is occurring with you, reset your focus, and continue on. I can think back to times I was dealing with stress and unconsciously I have done things similar to this. As I recall I found them to be beneficial in getting through the stressful event.
I think keeping perspective is key as we often write a catastrophe narrative in our minds which drives our stress reaction. Try a few of these techniques and see if they help you.