By Mary Jaksch
Are you feeling stressed? Maybe there’s a deadline bearing down on you like a freight train, or an unpaid bill that keeps reappearing in your mailbox. It’s easy to feel strung-out and stressed at those times.
Stress equals preoccupied mind plus tense body.
A tense body is the result of a preoccupied mind. Check in with yourself for a moment. What are your predominant thoughts? If you’re stressed, you’ll most likely experience one or more of the following thought-patterns:
- You are anxious about the near future.
- You experience a lot of negative self-talk, such as ‘I can’t do this’ or ‘It’s just too much’ etc.
- You try to keep all your commitments in your head and feel overwhelmed.
When we are stressed, it sometimes feels like we are wound up tight, sometimes right to breaking point. It’s important to learn how to unwind and relax body and mind – even if only for short periods.
The key factor of stress is preoccupation.
When we are preoccupied, we don’t experience the present moment because our mind is somewhere else. When we return to the present moment, a small miracle happens – stress drops away. This is a simple and effective way to calm you mind. The more you practice returning to the present moment, the more you learn how to put your stressed mind at ease.
The five senses are doorways into the Now
Take a moment right now to check in with your senses.
- What do you hear right now?
- What do you see right now?
- What do you smell right now?
- What body sensations do you feel right now?
Just checking in with your senses made you feel calmer, right? Remember to stop and check in with your senses whenever you feel stressed. You will find that it’s a relief to return home to the present moment.
Moments make up our life: inspiring moments, joyful moments, grieving moments, playful moments – moments of all different shades and colors. When we are preoccupied, we miss what this moment right now has to offer. We miss your life itself.
Watch this inspiring video that shows life’s wonderful tapestry of moments: