Tania, a seasonal air traveler was returning from a vacation and was one of the few passengers on an extremely turbulent Pacific flight, to disembark with a beautiful smile on her face. Here is her story.
Her flight hit an extremely bad patch of turbulence and the captain’s announcement of the rough weather added to her stress. Within minutes the turbulence was violent and flipping the place like a tiny toy. Food and drink were tossed, passengers were either praying or sobbing and Tania was terrified. Then she realized that it wasn’t the turbulence that was making her terrified; it was her body’s response to the stress. Resting her head on the back of the sear, she closed her eyes and willed herself to smile, visualizing images of all the fun times she had on her recent holiday. The memories ‘fooled’ her psychologically, shutting down the panic. She continued these happy thoughts the entire duration of the turbulence and as a result she disembarked the plane with a smile.
Our lives are more demanding and stressful than ever before. We work longer hours, are away from home and family more and stress is a fact of modern life. However, being stressed out is not. Here are some quick fixes to try next time you feel stressed out.
Visualize calm: Think of yourself in a nice hot shower and a wave of relaxation is washing your stress right down the drain. Focus on the details – The sounds of the shower running, the perfume of the bath gel, the feel of water running down and swirling at your feet.
Breathe Deep: Breathing deeply from your diaphragm not only oxygenates your blood, but also helps you to relax immediately. Breathing shallow breadths in contrast, causes your heart to beat faster and your muscles to tense up.
Internal Aerobics: When you are under stress, always laugh. Laughter is also known as “stationary jogging”, or “internal aerobics”. A good belly laugh is like going to the gym --- It boosts the immune system, lowers your blood pressure, and releases endorphin's.
Tap: Tap the top of your head gently with your fingers and immediately it will get your blood circulation flowing better and will sharpen your sense.
Hum A Tune: Research has shown that music (especially classical) is extremely beneficial and at once starts to transport you ‘away’ from your stressors.
Look Forward: Looking ahead to something always provides a calming perspective. Think of the surprise party that you are planning, or the holiday you are working on or just make an appointment for a spa or a massage.
Posture Perfect: Most people when under stress usually slump over as if they have the weight of the world on their shoulders. Slumping restricts breathing and reduces the flow of oxygen to the brain thereby magnifying feelings of panic and being helplessness. The mere act of straightening your spine has just the opposite effect.
So, here's wishing stress good bye once you start off on these tips! Have a stress free 2019!