SOAR with JewelsHeart - Stillness - Openness - Acceptance - Release/Receive SOAR
Becoming aware of the small stuff and arming ourselves with coping techniques for combating minor stressors in life before they build up to harmful levels is key to creating a healthy lifestyle. The first line of defense is positive thinking or self-talk. Simple statements such as "I can do this" or "I'll take it one step at a time" is all that might be needed for tackling a perceived problem and turning it into a minor challenge, while alleviating stress. Our second line of defense? Arming ourselves with effective relaxation techniques like meditation or breathing. Let's take the four-count box breathing technique for instance . . . When confronted with a hassle, simply take a deep, four-count inhalation from the nose (hold gently for a count of four) then take a deliberate four-count exhalation from the mouth (hold for four counts at the bottom) and repeat four times. That should do the trick. Finally, after overcoming a daily hassle, remember to do something enjoyable, even if it's for a few minutes. Brew a fresh cup of tea, take an invigorating walk, do a crossword puzzle, make a few catch-up phone calls, or indulge in a movie. Small pleasures can be the minor positive events allowing us to uplift our mind, body, and soul as we promote health and wellness.
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