coping

How to cope when feeling overwhelmed

When living above the line, you empower yourself to take ownership of all aspects of your life, you are accountable for your actions, and you act responsible.

Living above the line is not always easy and can sometimes feel overwhelming. In moments of stress, it’s important to take a step back and follow these steps to help re-center yourself.

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  • Breathe. Breathing is essential to life. Steady breaths can help you relax your body and ease your mind. Inhale for five seconds. Hold your breath for an additional five seconds. Finally, exhale for another five seconds. Repeat this practice for as long as you wish.
  • Stop and Visualize. When negative thoughts seem to fill your head, picture a ginormous traffic stop sign to help guide your mind to positive thinking.
  • Find Your Mantra. “I can do this!” When times are tough, it is important to have your own personal mantra to help guide you. Find your affirming phrases and keep it close.
  • Body Scan. Lay down and focus your attention on your body. Do a mental body check from head to toe. This self-realization will help to center you and make you more self-aware.
  • Sensory. Check in with your senses: taste, smell, sight, touch, and hearing. Name a handful of things you see, feel, hear, smell, and taste. Relax your mind by focusing on your immediate surroundings.

It’s time to take ownership and empower yourself. Ask me how you can use the above tactics to help center yourself when you are feeling overwhelmed.

Battling Stress

Running in several different directions and constantly trying to keep up with the world today can create an enormous amount of stress.  While some stress is a natural and unavoidable part of life, intense and prolonged stress is a huge health concern.  This type of stress is related to complications such as heart problems and dementia.  It is incredibly important to your health and well-being to learn effective relaxation and coping techniques.

**Practicing relaxation techniques can reduce stress symptoms by:**

*     Slowing your heart rate
*     Lowering blood pressure
*     Slowing your breathing rate
*     Reducing activity of stress hormones
*     Increasing blood flow to major muscles
*     Reducing muscle tension and chronic pain
*     Improving concentration and mood
*     Lowering fatigue
*     Reducing anger and frustration
*     Boosting confidence to handle problems

Relaxation looks different for everyone.  For some it means completely unwinding by sitting in silence, practicing deep breathing, meditating, or even taking a nap.  For others it involves activities such as running, biking, creating art, or writing.  In general, relaxation techniques involve refocusing your attention on something calming and increasing awareness of your body. It doesn't matter which relaxation technique you choose. What matters is that you try to practice relaxation regularly and reduce your stress.