Question for Meg:
“I’m starting to notice that when I get overwhelmed and stressed out, I get really confused about how to take even the first step toward addressing the problem that’s causing my stress. How can I get back on track?”
When you find yourself faced with a problem and confused about what to do, try to remember this: physical ease encourages mental ease and mental ease diminishes emotional reactivity.
A flexible attitude is your greatest strength in the search for creative solutions to your problems. But you won’t be able to realize this strength without mental clarity. And the mental clarity you need for creative solutions just isn’t possible without some degree of physical ease.
This may sound counterintuitive, but being as relaxed as you can is what makes it possible for you to see beyond the limits of your fears and speculation. Because physical ease supports the mental freedom necessary to calmly and creatively address dilemmas.
The good news is your body will always let you know when your mental flexibility is being compromised. And this news isn’t hiding. It’s living right under your nose, literally right under your skin in the form of tension! The real question is: Are you listening to what your body is telling you when it’s tense?
When you are listening to your body’s signals, you can always respond effectively to any stressful situation by acknowledging your physical tension and relaxing it by focusing on your breath. Attention to your body and your breath will always increase your physical ease, even if it’s just by a little bit. And every little bit translates directly into greater mental clarity and emotional calm.
So, when you’re faced with a problem and find yourself confused about what to do next, remember: physical ease always encourages mental clarity and mental clarity diminishes emotional reactivity. These three together are your ticket to the flexible attitude you need to work through your problems creatively, constructively, and efficiently.
Read my Blog Post Ever Get Annoyed When Someone Tells You “Just Breathe”.
Take good care : )
“The real question is: Are you listening to what your body is telling you when it’s tense?”
Most times we overwork ourselves because we can and before you know it we are broken down. Some also ignore the importance of sleep and rest in life, they are the recharge we need to come afresh at whatever task before us.
Nice writeup you got there Meg.