3 Stress Control Apps…. that Work Without Batteries.

3 Stress Control Apps…. that Work Without Batteries.

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3 Stress Control Apps…. that Work WithOut Batteries.

“Unlike tranquilizing drugs,… often effective at first but then losing their power over time, this is subtle at first but gains in power with repetition and practice.”

Andrew Weil, M.D.

It is AMAZING how the human body and mind come with so many “factory standard apps” to optimize our health and happiness. Often we are unaware of the benefits we can get from simple versions. These are scientifically proven, utterly simple, require no equipment, almost no time and can be done anywhere.

The challenge is many of us have been brainwashed to accept 3 common negative ideas:

First that being “stressed out” is an achievement and deserves a badge of honor.

Second, to turn first to a pill, smoking or alcohol to cover up our stress feelings

Third, we may know natural stress control works but we wrongly think it must take an hour or involve uncomfortable, pretzel-like yoga postures.

All three of these ideas must be overturned and exposed as incomplete if not wrong.

So what is this natural health stress busting tool that is 100% FREE….  breathing.

Here are my favorite simple yet powerful breathing exercises to help you optimize your body, brain, and moods by calming your nervous system naturally.

No tech is needed, just a few minutes with all your tech turned off!

Stress Control Exercise 1:  Counting Breaths for 1 to 5 minutes

Breath counting, a deceptively simple practice I came across in Korea.  Wall Street hedge fund mangers and NFL players use this to keep a better mental state for better performance.

Sit in a comfortable position (chair or floor your call). Try to keep spine straight &  head up but not too stiff. If possible close your eyes. Now start a few deep breaths.

  • To start, count “one” to yourself as you exhale.
  • The next exhale, count “two,” and so on up to “ten.”
  • Now a new 10 breath cycle, counting “one” on the next exhalation.

Try to do 1 minutes of this form of meditation EVERY morning to build the habit. Some of my clients do this before meals to reduce anxiety. Add time for more benefits.

 

Stress Control Exercise 2:   The 5-5-5 …. Metabolic Breathing Exercise

Again very simple. Sit with your back straight in a chair or on a pillow. Now the touch the tip of your tongue to the skin just behind your upper front teeth. Your exhales go around your tongue as it’s touching the roof of your mouth.

  • Exhale 100% through your mouth with tongue touching the roof of the mouth. (You should hear a whoosh sound, enjoy it)
  • After the exhale, close your mouth and inhale quietly via your nose to a mental count of five.
  • Hold your breath for a count of five.
  • Exhale completely through your mouth to complete 1 Metabolic Breathing Cycle.
  •  Repeat the cycle three or more times. Work up to ten breath cycles per day.

 

Stress Control Exercise 3:   Quick Brain Dump onto Paper

I have written about this before but it is so important for myself and many others that we are including it again. The idea is out brain can often get overwhelmed with multi-tasking or multi-worrying.

Many of our worries are over things that we have little or no control over. Will everyone get along over the holidays? Will my spouse begin to do what I want? Will my ___ approve of our___?

So this “brain dump” is simple  and seems to work best for many with a notebook and pen although your phone or computer can work also.

  • To start, create 2 categories: CONTROLLABLE   &   UNCONTROLLABLE
  • Next list everything that is on your mind
  • Now choose 1 of the simpler controllables, focus on it and deal with it.
  • Mark it off your list and feel some satisfaction.

 

Wrap Up:  Stress control exercises are natural tranquilizers 

Start today. Make this habit yours by doing it every day for 21 days. Then you have a most useful “stress busting app”  with you 24/7. Use it to fall asleep, deal with conflicts or anytime you feel tension or anxiety growing.  Teach your kids and others to use it also.

Note that as Dr Weil writes:  “Practicing regular, mindful breathing can be calming and energizing and can even help with stress-related health problems ranging from panic attacks to digestive disorders.”

 

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