It happens to all of us. We sometimes feel overwhelmed. We feel tired. We can’t focus on what we’re doing. This is what I call stress.
You’re looking at that computer screen with a blank stare. You don’t remember ever having chopped those 2 onions.
You think to yourself, “Let me just keep going”, even though something is just not feeling right inside. You need to stop. Now. You are feeling stress.
Stress means that You are trying to tell You something and it’s time to listen.
First thing’s first. Close your eyes. Breathe. Breathe again. Look for a quiet space where you can be alone and relax, be it at work, home or (even better) outside.
While siting down, feel your bum on the ground or seat. Feel how the ground or seat is supporting you.
Relax your body, or as many muscles as you can, and breathe. Ahh! Doesn’t that already feel better?
Now, let’s gently go a little deeper. Breathe through your mouth at a slow, steady pace for a few moments. Be curious about what you’re feeling. Notice any discomforts or pain in your body. Is your chest tight? Maybe your shoulders are tense. Do you have a headache?
Becoming aware of our physical sensations first can help us feel emotions we have a hard time with or didn’t even know we had.
While staying with your breath and these bodily sensations, you may begin to notice different feelings coming up. Are you feeling sad about that argument? Maybe you’re feeling angry with that colleague? You might even feel sad and are crying for no reason at all. Good. This is all very good. You are listening to and honouring yourself!
This is the time to allow all of that to happen. It is actually more than ok to feel angry, sad and hurt. It’s called being human. The important thing is to take a few moments to actually feel those things and to allow it all without judgement, and not put them aside and “wait for later” cause “it’s not a good time”, and my personal favourite, “I shouldn’t feel this way”. All of these feeling are energies that need to be released, just like when you feel like dancing when you feel happy…it just needs to happen.
Energy needs to move!
Something amazing can happen when you express exactly who you are and how you really feel….
You feel free and alive and You have become your own best friend. You were there for You!
Plus, you might even remember how many onions you chopped.
Jivan Dios is a therapist living and working in Stockholm, Sweden and over Skype.
Visit her at www.opentherapy.se