In keeping with the Coastal Breeze’s move to a weekly publication, I am going to start alternating my full articles with my stress management activities. I am renaming my activities, Stress Buster Tips, and will publish one every-other-week. These tips will allow you to apply the new information and ideas presented in the full article the week before.
Please let me know what you think of the new format and the tips.
Stress Buster Tip # 1: Conscious Body
This tip will build on our discussion of breathing, the subject of the last column. In “Peace Is Every Step,” author and Buddhist Monk Thich Nhat Hanh (1991) offers this simple breathing activity to help you become more conscious of your breathing and the influence it has on your life. The activity revolves around repeating four simple lines to yourself as you breathe:
- Breathing in I calm my Body.
- Breathing out I smile.
- Dwelling in the Present Moment.
- I know this is a wonderful moment.
Repeat lines 1 and 3 when you inhale and lines 2 and 4 when you exhale. Make sure you breathe slowly and focus your attention on the line and your breathing. If other thoughts or feelings enter your consciousness, accept them and get back to reciting the lines to yourself while you breathe.
Practice this simple activity several times a day. It is particularly important to do this when you anticipate being in a stressful situation or are already feeling stressed.
Until the next time remember to Stress Less and Live More.
Hanh, T.N. (1991). Peace is Every Step. New York: Bantam.