Stress comes in many shapes and sizes and for a variety of reasons, but to destress really comes down to a matter of handling our stress.
From this perspective, it’s clear that stress is a source of pain.
But also a way of self discovery through destress.
Sounds like some weird bullshit, but it’ll make sense as we go through these methods below.
It’s through these methods that we can both destress, but also grow tremendously from.
Exercising is a way of moving our energy away from one thing and placing it into an area where we burn it. Over time, it’s easy for us to remove ourselves completely from situations and pump some iron.
It’s through this spending of energy that not only do we get the benefits of exercising, we also place our focus on doing how many reps or sets.
It’s for this reason why exercising can assist in removing ourselves from a situation. At least mentally, and of course temporarily.
When it comes to exercising learning about yourself, what you focus on, the frequency, and for how long can say a lot about you.
Someone who works out intensely for short periods of time values their time and wants the workout to be as efficient and effective as possible.
When you work out longer, maybe you find exercising relaxing.
The list can continue.
I spoke yesterday of the power of waiting and it does make a significance. I pointed out there and I’ll point it out again: Through waiting, we discover our stressors.
From there, we can respond to them properly and better manage them now that we understand the problem.
So many people continue to go through a cycle that stresses them out. They are constantly in a “go, go, go” mentality and it doesn’t fucking work.
We’re not robots and do experience burn out over time.
It’s where waiting — or taking breaks, however you want to call it — helps immensely.
Taking breaks, like exercising, can assist in removing us from certain situations. Furthermore waiting can allow us to think rationally too.
It’s through these prolonged periods of seemingly being unproductive, where we are actually productive.
- We question our work ethics.
- We pause and ask questions and can discover more about ourselves.
- Taking breaks even allows us to prepare for what’s to come.
- There’s also setting goals as well, another option when we wait.
The list can go on and on for how we can grow simply by waiting or taking a break.
Meditation falls under the same boat as taking breaks, but it’s still an important way to destress. In this state, instead of leaving the door open to do whatever you are open the door to whatever by meditating.
From this state of mind you are essentially doing the same thing as taking a break. The only difference is by taking a break there is the chance that you’re not letting your mind wander.
Regardless meditation can still help and doesn’t require a lot of time to perform it. As I’ve said in the past, meditation benefits come as quickly as practicing for 10 minutes on a daily basis.
The last tactic is reading books, or if you prefer, listening to audio books. Regardless it’s still information or perhaps entertainment being injected into your brain.
This can be a way to destress as, much like exercising, you are removing yourself from a situation. The only difference is this time it’s painting a mental picture of what the author is presenting.
Your focus is being in that area and in that creative state of mind.
Furthermore books can help us discover more about regardless of the book that you read.
Reading a fantasy or romance novel?
Which characters can you connect with?
Who you associate with can say a lot about what kind of person you value in your life.
With self improvement or business books you are growing yourself in a direct manner. The words that you are reading can prompt self discovery.
There is also the point that the author can help you recognize something. How we engage with words varies from person to person. It’s through this that maybe their words connect with us and we realize something.
Something deep within ourselves we never thought was there.
Books can destress you because you are less concerned about the stress and placing yourself in another world. A world that is painted by the words of others.
Through that, you can learn deeply about yourself and may even find practical solutions to the stressful problem you face.
Whatever the case may be, you are responsible for your own stress. How you handle it is up to you. But these tactics can prove to be quite relaxing and serve as great tools to remove stress and keep it at a manageable amount.
To your growth
Eric S Burdon
This post is part of an 3 month writing challenge that I’m committing myself to. Every day for 3 months, I’ll be writing articles with specific criteria in mind. You can learn all about my reasoning as well as what that criteria is right here. This is 71 of 91 of this series.
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