Depending on the situation we want the ability to fine tune our stress levels depending on the situation. This isn’t just about calming down when we’ve flipped our lid, but also activating stress if we want to be more alert and focused.
The art of stress fine-tuning has 3 components – TOOLS, SKILL & EXPERIENCE.
|🔨||Do we know simple and functional TOOLS that can change the way we’re feeling in real-time (e.g., calm us down when stressed)?|
|⌚||Do we have the SKILL to know how and when to use the TOOLS?|
|🪜||Have we had the EXPERIENCE of incremental and intentional (but controlled) exposure to stressful situations, where we’ve had the opportunity to practice the SKILL of using the TOOLS in the heat of the moment?|
EXAMPLE: Simply choosing to breathe at a specific rate and depth is a universal TOOL anyone can use to dial stress up or down.
Next time you’re feeling stressed stop and breathe quietly and calmly through the nose – 5 sec inhale | pause at the top | 6 sec exhale (repeat until calm).