Managing Stress: 3 Questions to Ask Yourself and How Meditation Can Help You Remain Calm

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Stress hits us all and I need you to raise your hand if you feel like you’re on a hamster wheel…I get it. I’m right there with you!

You’re constantly trying to make up for the lack of energy that you have, or the brain fog, you have tons of things to do, you have to keep up with new online learning efforts and you just don’t see the light at the end of the tunnel.

I have often felt like I had to work 10x harder than everyone else because I didn’t want anyone to think that I was using my condition as an excuse. Does this happen to you? If so, I have three questions for you:

  1. What are you good at? 
  2. What are the things that you enjoy doing?
  3. How can you do more of what you love?

Our minds are incredibly powerful. When we focus on the things that you’ve identified, you’d be amazed at how things begin to work out for you…

I have learned that by identifying these things, I operate in my strengths, not my weaknesses. By writing these things down it allowed me to make significant improvements  and to think about how I wanted to show up personally and professionally. I challenge you to take some time to do this exercise. It’s okay if you stare at the page for a few minutes. Many of us aren’t used to thinking about doing things that we love to do. 

What Happens When the Inevitable Stress Comes?

We all know that stress has run rampant in our society. We’re so busy rushing now from one virtual meeting to the next. Due to COVID, there is no true separation of activities and having quiet time is virtually impossible.

 I have felt burned out at many points in my adult life and I decided one day that I was sick of being tired. So I tried something different…meditation to be exact.

Take a Deep Breath and Meditate

Meditation and breathwork are good practices that many of us overlook. When my heart is racing, I have learned how important it is to take a deep breath and calm myself down. Over the years, I have tried to partake in various activities that were good for me both physically and emotionally. 

Remember, small changes over time can really make a difference! 

You can also check out Youtube as there are plenty of meditation videos that you can watch in the comfort of your own home. I also have two apps that I love:

  1. Calm
  2. Insight Timer

Finally, I want to share one other technique that I use to calm myself down. It’s called the 478 technique and you can read about it here.

Take a listen to my podcast, the Thyroid Warrior, in which I interview Sarah Cuellar, who walks us through simple meditation and stretching practices in episode 18.

I also speak more about strengths and weaknesses on episode 82, which can be found here.

 

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