Got Stress? Here’s a Short Practice You Can BET On
No matter what time of year it is, stress will likely be a part of it. A little stress is good, it fuels motivation, but there’s a tipping point where it starts to have diminishing returns. When that higher level of stress hits, if it’s left unchecked it can lead to anxiety, depression, chronic pain, addictive behaviors, you name it. Today I want to give you something that you can BET on anywhere, anytime to help turn the volume down on the chaotic mind and bring you back into balance.
I’m a big fan of things that are short and sweet. Something I can remember that can help me in a pinch.
Here’s a short acronym that you can BET on throughout the day:
- B – Body – At any point, bring attention to the body. How is it feeling? Is there any tension anywhere, in this moment of awareness, can you take a breath and allow it soften?
- E- Emotions – What emotion is there in that moment? Is it anxiety, sadness, anger, confusion, joy, calm, or maybe just a neutral feeling? How does it feel as a sensation in the body? Research shows just labeling emotions turns activity down in the emotional center of the brain.
- T – Thoughts – What’s on your mind? Is it busy or calm? If it’s a self-judgment or a judgment of another person, ask yourself, Is it absolutely true? How does this thought make me feel? What’s another way I can see this? Practice opening your mind.
Then just refocus on what matters in the moment.
That’s it, it’s that simple.
You can BET in the morning, before a test, during a business meeting, during stressful travel, while waiting at a stop light or on hold on the phone. You can BET before you open your email, in the midst of your kid’s temper tantrum, or just while taking a nice walk outside.
If you BET a few times a day, my guess is that you’ll break out of routine and back into the wonder of everyday life.
Try it out and let your experience be your teacher.
As always, please share your thoughts, stories and questions below. Your interaction is a living wisdom we can all benefit from.
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Goldstein, E. (2012). Got Stress? Here’s a Short Practice You Can BET On. Psych Central. Retrieved on May 1, 2016, from http://blogs.psychcentral.com/mindfulness/2012/12/got-stress-heres-a-short-practice-you-can-bet-on/