We all have things that stress us out.
One of mine is rushing. It is important to me to be on time. When I rush, I notice my heart races, my neck tightens, I don’t breath and I get frustrated. What has changed over the years is simple- I do not rush because I make sure to leave enough time!
Many of us have knee jerk reactions that we have had for decades. We cannot force them to go away, but can make changes to avert the situation.
Often, we set ourselves up for stress and knowing what our hooks are is valuable information.
- Take a few moments and focus on your breath
- Think back and see what you react to. Here are a few examples- traffic, time, travel, hunger, put on hold.
- Track back to what happened preceding the reaction.
- Now make a list of those situations that set you off.
- See how you can make a small shift in behavior to avert them. It might be as simple as pacing yourself, or not allowing yourself to get too hungry (that is another one of mine!).
You will probably find that there are some that are constant in your life. When you realize this, make a few small changes, and you will be amazed at the results. You will experience more peace, calm and joy throughout your day.
Give this a try and let me know what you found. What changes did you make?