"Be who you were created to be, and you will set the world on fire."
-St. Catherine of Sienna
My best stress busting strategies:
Walk barefoot in the grass, on the beach, in the office, at home... Relaxing into the ground is like grounding electrical energy of a lightning bolt. It needs to go somewhere, and the Earth is large enough to receive it. Connect through the 7000 nerve endings in the feet. Drop in and breathe. In Nia, we dance barefoot. This is one of the greatest ways to begin to create stress reducing pathways for the body, mind emotions and spirit. The body learns to relax while moving, thinking, non-thinking, dancing, enjoying and being in community. It is a holistic approach to long term stress management, as well as offering some immediate instant stress reducers for the now moments.
I breathe to my belly. By placing my hands on my hara and reminding myself to breath deeply into my hands, so my belly can rise and fall like the ocean with each breath, my thought process slows to becoming aware of sensation and lets go of the fight or flight response, in most cases, stimulated by the hypothalamus. It re-directs the responders to the limbic centers, pleasure centers where the frequency of energy slows down.
I move my 13 joints to stimulate circulation and even out my whole body, so it's not just my shortness of breath and mental activity, my body gets to redirect the same energy used in stress through movement. If there is energy, it must go somewhere or turn into…