A Simple Exercise to Let Go of The Tension and Stress Within

A Simple Exercise to Let Go of The Tension and Stress Within

There’s almost 90% uncertainty in anything big we do in life, but the other 10% make it all worth it.

Once we forget the fact that life’s nature is uncertain, though, the daily round may become a struggle.

Take me, for instance. Although I’ve written a lot about letting go of past and future, freeing yourself from doubt, negativism and stress, simplifying life, slowing down, and more, I still had a hard time coping with the worries and anxiety around what I’m doing with my life right now.

I’m literally getting out of my comfort zone, and finally making things happen in terms of some pretty big goals.

And even though I’m mentally prepared for all the obstacles, am sure I’m on the right path and know exactly what step to take next, when uncertainty hits, things aren’t easy.

This morning, for example, I had shortness of breath. I could tell exactly where in the body there was a lot of pressure due to the pain in my chest. Of course, that’s a result of all the overthinking, travel issues, imagining what might go wrong, managing money and making plans, investing resources in all this, and not knowing how it will turn out a month or so from now.

So aside from having to stop every now and then, take a deep breath and tell myself that everything’s fine and even the worse scenario in my head isn’t something that can’t be fixed, I needed to do something to relax my mind and body. I wanted to be productive today and over the next few days, to enjoy the preparation process, and to be able to take some decisions and think clearly.

Leaving All Tension Behind

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First, I removed some not so important tasks for the day. Having too many things to do is yet another thing that feels like a burden, and in this case I needed to simplify a lot.

It’s Sunday, I’m traveling the next day, but planned to do some work in the first hours of the day. I didn’t need a day off or anything, I enjoy every part of being a freelancer, but I needed to be in the right state of mind too.

So I lay in bed, telling myself I can take a nap now and do everything else later on.

Many people try to get rid of the pressure and stress, but that has the opposite effect. Because you’re being aggressive towards it, you’re evoking negative emotions and making things worse.

Instead, I acknowledged the anxiety and tension within. I knew it was there and accepted this fact. After making peace with it, I was ready to let it go so that I can continue the day in a good mood.

Because I was able to identify the pain in my body, I decided to try a quick exercise to reduce the stress.

The goal was to be able to finally take a deep breath, and get some oxygen to my brain and chest.

So I began breathing, and imagining how each breath reaches the part in my chest that was tensed. Then, when exhaling, I was picturing how there was a stress ball there (it felt like one), but how each time I inhaled it was getting smaller and smaller, until it eventually disappears.

Repeat that around 10 times, until you are free to take a deep breath that gets to your chest. Then, really take a nap if you want to.

Here are some more tips Leo shares in The Joy of Letting Go of Stress:

“Try relaxing this tense part of your body. Then relax the tense part of your mind around the feeling.

In this more relaxed place, open up some space, like a wide open field, inside your mind and body.

In this space, allow yourself to see the basic goodness in yourself, that’s there in every moment.

In this space, allow yourself to see the basic goodness of this very moment, always available to us if we’re willing to see it.

Find the joy of the rediscovery of this goodness in yourself and this moment.

This is the practice of letting go of the struggle, and accepting this moment as it is, and yourself as you are.”

After that, take it easy during the day. Ignore other people’s problems, know that uncertainty is the only certainty there is, remind yourself of why you’re making this life change, and feel good about it.

Hope this helps.

How do you deal with the pressure when making a big move in life?

See also:

Dealing with Fear Peacefully
Things to Let Go of to Free Yourself
This Too Shall Pass
6 Stressors in Life and Business and a Solution to Each
Go with The Flow

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5 Health Hacks That Can Boost Your Creativity

5 Health Hacks That Can Boost Your Creativity

We all live such busy lives that it is totally normal to feel run down from time to time. You can’t be switched on 24/7, and if you were, you’d be burnt out pretty soon afterward!

When you’re tired and stressed, there are many things which can happen to your body and mind, but one of them will almost certainly be a waving goodbye to any creativity or concentration you were hoping to keep hold of.

Creativity is something we all need in our daily lives. But if you have a job which relies upon your ideas and thoughts when it packs up and goes on vacation for a short while, it can be super-distressing, and frustrating to say the least.

You will have no doubt heard of the old ‘writer’s block’ adage, but you don’t need to be a writer to suffer from creativity problems. The good news is that there are several things you can do to give your creativity a boost, and welcome it back into the fold. Let’s check out five of the best.

How to Boost Your Creativity

1. Reduce Stress

Stress does nothing, absolutely nothing, good for your focus, concentration, and creativity levels. If you are stressed out, you’re burnt out, and you’re not going to be able to keep your mind on anything other than the thing that’s stressing you out. Or it’s going to be flitting from one thing to another, and never doing anything productive.

Put simply, stress is dangerous on so many levels, that you need to do everything you can to reduce it as much as possible.

It’s unrealistic to say that you should kick stress out of your life for good and never feel even the tiniest amount. A little stress is good for you, it helps to motivate and push you to achieve. When stress is prolonged and severe however, it can impact every single system in your body – including your heart. It’s just not worth the hassle, so instead, look to become much less stressed than you are.

You can reduce stress:

  • by taking time for yourself,
  • enjoying social time with friends and family,
  • exercising regularly,
  • eating a healthy diet,
  • getting plenty of sleep,
  • and tackling the thing which is stressing you out, head on.

2. Incorporate Regular Exercise Into Your Routine

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We just mentioned regular exercise as a way to reduce stress, but it also helps to boost your creativity too.

Exercise gets your blood pumping, your heart rate up, and it ironically also helps you to relax. You’re much more likely to get a good night’s sleep, you’ll be healthier overall, and exercise is also a known treatment method for low mood and mild depression.

If you are suffering from low mood, or if you feel like things are becoming a little too much, exercise is a great way to help boost your mood and your overall health and wellbeing. By doing this, you are giving your mind clarity, and that in turn helps to boost focus and creativity.

You will notice that when your mind is clogged up with a million worries, you just don’t have the scope to be creative. When you clear your mind, you will notice that your creativity starts to come back!

3. Try Regular Massages for Relaxation

There is a lot of evidence to suggest that having a regular massage can help to boost your overall health and wellbeing by giant leaps.

Once upon a time, massages were thought to be luxuries, things that you only indulged in when visiting up-market spas. Thankfully, all that has changed, and more and more people are noticing the extreme benefits of having regular massages.

If you can’t afford to head to a heath center or spa on a regular basis, or if you simply don’t have the time, you could instead buy a massage chair to use in your home, so you’re not missing out!

Massage can help to boost your creativity because it gives you the chance to totally relax. You hold tension in your body when you’re stressed out and over-thinking, and that adds up to not only aches and pains, which aren’t going to do much for your state of mind, but it also clogs up your mind and stops you rom thinking straight.

By allowing yourself to totally relax, you are clearing your mind and allowing you creativity to flow. You’re also getting all the other benefits of massage too, such as increased healing, increased mood, increased circulation, better sleep patterns, etc.

4. Good Quality, Regular Sleep

How do you feel when you’re tired and lacking in sleep? Do you feel like coming up with new, innovative ideas? Not likely. You’re sluggish, irritable, and snappy. Creativity disappears when you are not getting the right amount of sleep, so it’s easy to turn that back by ensuring that you do get the right amount of sleep!

The amount you should be getting depends on you as an individual, but overall, between 7-8 hours of good quality sleep per night should have you firing on all cylinders.

If you find it hard to switch off, try drinking a warm, milky drink before you sleep, having a warm bath, switching off your phone and all your social media feeds around an hour before bed, and avoiding anything which is mentally stimulating.

Massage is also something you can use to help bring a better sleep pattern into your life, so look into this option too.

5. Eat a Healthy, Balanced Diet

What you eat has a direct impact on your creativity levels, because it impacts your mind.

If you’re clogging up your body with fatty, saturated foods, full of nasties and impurities, how can you expect your mind to be clear? It’s going to be very foggy, to say the least!

Try eating a healthy diet, organic if possible, and only eat anything which is clean and has had a life itself. This will give you a sharper mind, allow you to focus better, and have a fantastic effect on your overall health and wellbeing.

If you can incorporate this with regular exercise and relaxation, you’ll be super creative before you know it!

When you’re tired and stressed, there are many things which can happen to your body and mind, but one of them will almost certainly be a waving goodbye to any creativity or concentration you were hoping to keep hold of. If you can incorporate these tips, you’ll be super creative before you know it! #healthhacks #healthtips #creativity