REALIZE YOU STRESS POINTS
Everyone has a situation or environment that creates stress in their life. Right before they pull up to their job or right before they take their kids to school. These stress points are critical. When stress and anxiety build up, they have a compounding effect. It becomes a snow ball that builds in the back of your mind like white noise from a TV in an empty room. You may not consciously know it is there, but it is. The key to ensure you reduce your stress and anxiety is to stop it before it starts.
To do this, make sure you inventory your stress points. Where do you start to feel anxiety? Where does uncontrollable stress come into play? Identifying the stress points are critical in preemptively striking before it starts.
BREATHING IS NOT JUST GOOD FOR YOUR BODY
Before you start reducing your stress and anxiety, you need to learn your coping techniques. One of the fundamental mediations used to lower stress and anxiety is a basic breathing exercise. Sit with your back straight, head up and eyes closed. Breath in through your nose slowly at a 4 second cadence and exhale through your mouth at a 4 second cadence. Repeat the exercise 10 times just to start. Put a primary emphases on the exhale and focus on the breath leaving your body. Eventually, increase the length of the breathing exercises until you are able to complete 1 3 - 5 minute exercises.
BREATHING EXERCISES AT YOUR STRESS POINTS
After becoming accustom to your breathing exercises, it will be time to put them into action. Take inventory of your stress points and identify preemptive times to practice your breathing exercises. For example, a stress point may be right before entering your job or going to work. If this is the case, your breathing exercises should be done right before exiting your car to walk into the office or right before you leave the drive way in your car from home. The goal of the exercises are to focus your mind and prepare it for the stressors about to be engaged.
PRACTICE YOUR BREATHING EXERCISES AS NEEDED
Do not limit yourself to one or two sessions of breathing exercises. The day is never stagnant and is ready to throw your way stresses and place you in anxiety building situations. Be aware of these variables. You may not be able to do your breathing exercises every time but incorporating them into your day to battle these unforeseen variables will go a long way to alleviate unwanted anxiety and stress.