I took a class called Stress and Stress Management I am glad I did take it since I have been feeling it more and more lately. I have school, work, writing, and making time for friends and family, but sometimes it feels like there is not enough time to do everything I want to do at all. After seeing what it is doing to me by making me physically sick for two weeks I want to change my ways.
One of the exercises I have learned is Diaphragmatic breathing thanks to the book Managing Stress: Principles and Strategies For Health and Well-being by Brain Luke Seaward, and it even comes with a workbook called The Art of Peace and Relaxation workbook by Brain Luke Seaward with a bonus CD in the first book to help with the exercises.
On to the exercises there are three steps to it:
- Get in a comfortable position to do the exercise in like sitting down or lying down.
- Concentrate: Make sure everything is turned off, and find a quiet place to do this technique.
- Visualization: “From Brian Luke Seawards book Breathing Clouds: To begin, close your eyes and focus all your attention on breathing. Visualize the air that you take into your lungs as being clean, fresh air; pure and energized air; clean air with the power to heal and cleanse your body. As you breathe in this clean, fresh air, visualize, and feel air enter your nose (or mouth), travel up through the sinus cavities to the top of your head, and down your spinal column to circulate throughout your body. Now, as you exhale, visualize that the air leaving your body is dirty air—dark, cloudy, smoke that symbolizes all the stressors, frustrations, and toxins throughout you mind and body. With each breath you take, allow the clean, fresh air to enter, circulate, and rejuvenate your body, and expel the dirty air to help you rid your body of its stress and tension. Repeat this breathing cycle for 5 to 10 minutes.” (Seaward 364-365)
It has really helped me calm down, and I love using it whenever I also add music and incense like Lavender and Chamomile since they have calming properties.
I also wrote an article for the paper about stress and here it is:
Stress comes in many different ways from many different things. Whether we worry about practice, acing the essay, or a first date..it is everywhere.
There are many ways to get rid of stress. One of them is relaxing and meditating. Doing so allows you to focus your mind and concentrate on breathing.
Taking a hot shower or drinking a hot cup of tea can also help you relax. You can try a new relaxing hobby or listen to music that is soothing and relaxing. You can take any of these suggestions or come up with one of your own.
There are many more ways to reduce stress and here are a few other people’s opinions and what they do to reduce stress. Katie Hickman, junior, replied with “I turn on my mp3 player and turn the music up.” And that is also the case with David Claypoole, also a junior. He said, “I prefer to sit and sing to my music, loud!” Mr.Nothnagal, Theater and Theater Production teacher, replied with, “I get on my soap box and vent to my students.” So, there are various ways you and other people can deal with stress. Find yours.
I hope you have enjoyed it, and what other ways do you use to get rid of stress?
Until next time,
Seaward, Brian Luke. “Visualization Exercise 1: Breathing Clouds.” Seaward, Brian Luke. Managing Stress. Burlington: Jones & Barlet Learning, 2012. 364-365. Article.