Thankfully we are all beautifully unique individuals, even if we have an identical sibling. Our tastes vary from person to person and even from day to day. We sleep better under specific conditions, we enjoy some foods better than others, we have different rituals we follow, we laugh at different things, we show love in different ways. And we use different ways to relax and relieve stress.
There are a few universal ways to relieve stress, including abdominal breathing or some other type of mindful breathing, Yoga, meditation, or spending time in nature. Some people relax by cooking or baking (yes this can be very relaxing), getting a massage or some sort of body work, running, reading, writing, napping, needlework, petting the dog or cat, or watching fish or birds. There are so many great ways to unwind and enjoy life.
And of course there is EFT Tapping. Tapping is one of my favorite tools for relieving stress. It can be as simple as holding the finger points without words, even when I don’t think I need it. Sometimes especially when I don’t think I need it. 🙂 After just a few minutes I feel more calm. I practice general tapping multiple times daily just to stay centered and mindful. And most days I come up against some challenge in my day where I stop and become aware of what I am feeling, where I am feeling it in my body, and how intensely I’m feeling it. Once I have an idea of what I’m feeling, I start tapping on exactly that. It becomes so easy because it is just that simple. Maybe I’ve just had an unpleasant memory and my brain, sensing a threat or danger based on previous experience and trying to protect me, immediately recreates the same emotions that I experienced at the time of the incident. I notice, I rate, I tap and I rate again. Then I tap more as needed.
If you’d like to experience three guided stress relief methods that I find useful, including breathing, EFT Tapping, and Yoga Nidra (Yogic sleep – a reclined, guided full-body relaxation), you can read more about my CD called Relieve Stress Now. This recorded has received great reviews and is available as a CD or as an instant MP3 digital download. Enjoy!
What ways work best for you to relax and unwind? What is your favorite stress relief tool?
Keep Calm and Tap On!