It is a known fact that most doctor’s can state that 75% of their patients are affected by stress, they feel overwhelmed or unable to cope with general life situations , Stress is a number one factor affecting people of today…..It can hide behind many things, lack of energy stomach problems anxiety, lack of libido memory problems and the inability to concentrate, so many of us are on a hamster wheel and can just not get of, they wake they sleep.
You may be wondering how this ever started, where when how ? all questions that are difficult to answer, but let’s try to break it down and let’s start with the morning, ” routine ” look no further than your wonderful morning routine !! what goes on during this so called routine, how much is a routine or just sheer automatic pilot havoc……this is where you recieve your first dose of stress, the days of lovely alarm clocks have gone, so maybe you already wake with the modern technology of today, our smart phone!! the smart phone really kicks in and the news starts to stream into our nely started day,most of which is bad news……….we could listen to it later, first thing can be a bit strong…your partner gets grumpy because the ping ping is continuous, you also get grumpy and don’t let’s forget this is all before we are showered or dressed and probaly for sure before the coffer surge you so desperately are seeking…….. why not try to reduce this straight of the bat, go back to a lovely little alarm clock, that sits neatly on your bedside table, instead of cables and pings…this also takes away other human contact and the dreadful news, leave your phone downstairs or in another room, once your friends and colleagues know they will not even consider calling you at 6.30 in the morning, start to set your little alarm a little earlier every day simply to introduce movement,meditation and mindfulness to start your day with, much more rewarding than the previous way. taking those few mins for breathing incorporating yourself into the world, focus on all your senses and then gently add a little movement , simple stretch work and get into a beautiful relaxed mood for the day ahead, you are positive and have good thoughts. A golden tip here is if you are sharing your life with someone special, even if it is your dog, nearly leave your home without a little contact, a loving touch always seals that perfect day. It also reduces anxiety and stress hormones.
Here comes your second dose of stress for the day, and probably still before 9 a.m. you have to get to work or drop the children or even collect your mother etc., so, what does that journey or commute mean to you, are you crushed shoulder to shoulder in a train/bus etc., sat bumper to bumper in your car, which ever of these scenarios you have, you will start to feel the anxiety on the rise, you become more and more anxious , some of this anxiety you can reduce, not all and at times not by much, but give it a try, the first thing would be to leave home a little earlier, it may avoid that shoulder to shoulder or bumper to bumper ! Change your form of transport or take a different route it may take a little longer but it would relieve a little stress. Take this time, which you may feel is wasted into your time, enjoy it more, by maybe listening to a relaxation tape, even learn a new language, don’t check emails you can even read or listen to a book all these things would give you more happiness and a better start to the day.
Brooke Universal Life Coach