4 Tips to De-stress

Methods for getting and staying calm, put-together, and cool as a cucumber.

Stever Robbins
2-minute read

Stress comes from nearly every aspect of our lives. Luckily, there are many methods for staying calm, put-together, and cool as a cucumber.

Here are 4 stress-relief tips:

Tip #1: Where Is Your Stress?
Stress happens in your body. Next time you are stressed, pay attention to your body. Where do you feel your stress - your chest, your jaw? Before you can do anything about your stress, you have to find out where it is located.

Tip #2: Center Yourself
When you notice you're in a state of stress, change your body. Dr. Stuart Heller of CultivatingExcellence.com developed a way to reorient your entire body to being centered and calm. You need to regain your center as quickly as possible when you lose it. First, find your feet and legs. Not the detachable ones; the ones that are still part of your body. Notice how they feel, and where they are in space. Second, find your arms and hands. Again, just notice the feelings and where they are in space. Third, find your spine, neck, and head. Now take a deep breath and let the feeling expand from your chest to your legs, feet, arms, hands, spine, and head. You should now feel quieter, calmer, more centered. It's that easy. If for some reason the technique didn't work for you, take a deep breath and try again.

Tip #3: Start Your Day Centered
When you wake up, immediately practice centering yourself so you start the day in a good place. Spend a moment and review anything in the upcoming day you think might become stressful. Center yourself before thinking about those things, and keep returning to center while thinking about them.

Tip #4: Reinforce Centering Before Tackling Unpleasant Tasks
Even though you rehearsed centering in the morning, right before each stressful task, stop and center yourself again. For example, a good time to take a moment to breathe is right before opening that official-looking envelope from the tax authority that says "FINAL NOTICE" in big, red, blood-colored letters. Do you have a great stress relief tip? Share it in Comments below. If you want to know more, visit http://www.SteverRobbins.com. And of course, check back next week for more Get-It-Done Guy tips. Work Less, Do More, and have a Great Life!

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About the Author

Stever Robbins

Stever Robbins was the host of the podcast Get-it-Done Guy from 2007 to 2019. He is a graduate of W. Edward Deming’s Total Quality Management training program and a Certified Master Trainer Elite of NLP. He holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School and a BS in Computer Sciences from MIT.