Busting Through Stress – Attack & Breathe

I don’t know about you guys, but Tuesdays always seem to be the hardest day for me. Part of it may be that it’s still on the bottom half of the week, but the other part I think is just the luck of the gods – things always seem to be “goin up on a Tuesday” in my world.

Last week we talked about getting all the chaos out of our heads and onto a piece of paper. Now you’re looking at that piece of paper, and you begin to sweat and develop heart-palpitations because in order to get through that list, you have to be at least 3 people. So now you are stressed all over again. The next step in busting through stress is to use that frenetic energy and focus it into something positive…

It’s Time to Attack & Breathe
  1. Attack tasks one at a time. Once we set our task list, it can be easy to be overwhelmed and start tackling multiple things at once, forgetting parts and pieces, and because we aren’t focusing on the details of a particular task, we probably aren’t doing it well the first time. This means we are probably spending a lot more time working on multiple tasks. Your takeaway? One. Thing. At. A. Time. Each task that you’ve written down deserves your focus and full-attention. Get one thing done, cross it off the list, and move to the next thing. Not only will you get through tasks more quickly, efficiently, and successfully, but you will also feel more accomplished because tasks will begin to disappear from your list.
  2. Two Words – Focused Breaths. When the overwhelming feelings begin to creep up on you and you start wearing your shoulders like earrings and you feel like you want to scream or cry or both,  close your eyes, take a BIIIIIIIG breath in, sit-up straight, exhale forcefully through your mouth and pull those shoulders down and away from your ears. Repeat these strong, focused, deliberate breaths 3-4 for more times, and then return to your task.
Exhale and let it all go…

Doesn’t that feel better? Every time you begin to feel the anxiety rise, or your heart rate quicken, repeat this focused breathing exercise. This really helps me reset and reinvigorate myself for the challenges ahead.

So this week, I want you to Plan, Attack, & Breathe through everything that comes your way. You are in the driver’s seat, you are in control of how you react now that you have more tools to deal with the incoming crazy.

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