How to Oooz Calm When Stressed
You know what I mean. Something, someone, a situation got you upset, and you feel your body responding. Your muscles get tight and tension builds. Your mind is racing wondering how to respond, what to say, how to react. Your heart is beating fast, and your breathing is heavier and faster.
And here in this moment of what you are experiencing is the hidden power to oooz calm into any given stressful moment – no matter what it is, just waiting to be tapped into.
For example, there was a woman who was going to leave her husband over a family dispute, an argument over parenting issues. She was ready to go, walk out the door. That would be it. Yet in that same moment she had the ability to “catch” her thoughts about her actions and the consequences of her decision to leave, and what the results of her anger would be.
She sat for a moment on a beat-up chair in the back yard and took a deep breath. She let the “steam” flow out, decompressing as she slowly breathed in and out, in and out .. in … out. She returned to a calm state and could reflect clearly on what was happening. As a result, in that moment, she realized her actions would have really bad consequenses, especially on her son. She decided not to leave and perhaps this new decision would ease family tension, which it did. That woman was me. I welcomed the skill that would help me shift the emotional currant.
Therein lies the choice in “being” one way or another and using the catalyst, breathing, in clearing the path to the decision – whatever that is. Emotions are fleeting and always changing. That’s actually good news because you don’t have to be angry forever or sad, you have a choice. How powerful is that!
All you need to do is breathe. Breathe slow and deep. Easy … just a little or for a while
This is true for all conflicts and challenges, even physical pain, or even with emotional suffering.
This is the solution to oooz calm when stressed. It’s done in an instant. The trick is remembering to use your natural breath as a “tool” to create the space needed to calm down and see new possibilities to any problem.
I read this somewhere:
The sky gives space to storms, to come and go. Like the sky, we can give space to our emotions, to come and go …
How do you respond to stress and have you considered how your breathing can help you find solutions? Tell me what you think and I will respond to your comments – absolutely!