How to Reduce Your Stress Level in Just Two Minutes

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How to Reduce Your Stress Level in Just Two Minutes

A Better Day Can Be Within Your Grasp Quickly

By Brent Flory

Having a horrible day at the office? Feel like you are literally on your last nerve? A two-minute break can make a massive difference in how the rest of your day goes.

I know how it is. When I used to work as a retail pharmacist, far too often I got overwhelmed by stress. Other people I knew always seemed to have their own ways of coping, whether it was marijuana (Click here to learn more), yoga, or just basic breathing exercises. But I would feel my anxiety build and try to go on autopilot by shutting down emotionally and doing whatever I had to do to get through the day.

If the autopilot strategy sounds familiar, you know that there are a variety of problems with that stress relief technique.

  • It makes you unpleasant to be around for both your co-workers and your customers.
  • Not being fully engaged increases the risk of making a mistake.
  • It just doesn’t work.

Stuffing your emotions down isn’t the answer. Neither is throwing your stapler at your boss. When you become highly stressed, your emotions begin to get the best of you and take away from your ability to think clearly. As a professional who is paid to use your mind, this is a problem.

You can learn to process your emotions well, even in very difficult situations. You just have to find what works for you, whether that be using a product like Caliper CBD, meditation, or exercise. It just takes some practice on finding what works for you to prevent outbursts.

One technique that can help you turn around a rough day is what we will call a breathe break. It’s like a coffee break, but shorter, and minus the coffee. If you can look past those shortcomings, it could prove to be immensely helpful to you.

How to Take a Two-Minute Breathe Break

1. For thirty seconds, focus all your attention on your breathing.

That’s right, focus upon your breathing. Breathe in slowly for a four count, pause for a second, then exhale slowly for a six to seven count. If counting makes you feel more stressed, focus upon your breathing alone. Continue for thirty seconds.

2. Check in with yourself about what’s happening with your body.

Stress affects us in a variety of ways, and one of the easiest to pinpoint is how it affects you physically. Take note of your body. Are your shoulders tensed up? Is your stomach churning? Are your fists clenched? Spend thirty seconds continuing to slowly deep breathe, and identifying how the stress is affecting your body.

3. Try to discern what emotion you are experiencing, and rate it on a scale of 1–10.

Are you feeling anxious? Angry? Depressed? How intense is the emotion?

Being able to describe your emotions and their magnitude can help you calm down further. If you know what emotion you are dealing with, you can take steps to work with it as needed. Knowledge regarding emotions is power. Try to identify your emotions and rate their intensity for thirty seconds while deep breathing.

4. Accept what you are feeling, and then focus on your breathing.

Emotions become problematic most quickly when we try to fight or ignore them. You need to find the cause of your stress, acknowledge it, and decide whether it is something you need to address or let go for now.

Either way, give yourself the last thirty seconds to just focus your attention upon your breathing.

At the end of the two minutes, you will likely feel more calm than before you began the exercise. If you are still feeling swamped with stress, take another two-minute break. You might even want to try some chewable cbd dips or another CBD based product to really help put your mind at rest. This is completely optional though!

The beauty of this exercise is that you can do it virtually anywhere without taking much away from your day. Instead, using this practice to calm down and recenter yourself upon the task at hand can make a massive difference on your stress levels, and your productivity.

You may think that you don’t have time even for a two minute break because you have to solve a huge problem for your project to be completed. However, research has also shown that we not only think more clearly but also more creatively when we aren’t stressed out.

Less stress? More productive? Greater creativity? Who couldn’t use more of those in their life? Do yourself a favour and take a breathe break. The more you practice, the better it will assist you in taking back your day.

If you consistently feel overwhelmed by your stress and anxiety, it might be helpful to look into some of the herbal treatments available to enable you to relax. In canada weed is legal for medicinal and recreational purposes so is used by a lot of people for various reasons. Ultimately, it’s all about finding a treatment that works for you.

For more help, please contact CornerStone Family Services at 614-459-3003 to talk with one of our coaches or counselors.

What Stress Does and What to Do About It (Part 2)

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Stress Relax

Yesterday’s post informed us about some of the negative physical, emotional, and behavioral impacts of unhealthy stress.  The article also gave some helpful tips on dealing with stress.

Here are some more examples of healthy ways of dealing with unhealthy stress:

  • Talk to friends
  • Journal your thoughts and feelings
  • Talk less and listen more
  • Remind yourself that you are not God and cannot control the universe
  • Remember that the stressor is likely not as huge as you believe it to be at the moment
  • Remember that you are likely not as important to the solution as you believe yourself to be at the moment
  • Separate your worries and concerns – worries you cannot do anything about, so forget about it; concerns are things to take to God to see what to do about it, do it, and then let go of the anxiety
  • Be kind to unkind people
  • Be forgiving
  • Live within your budget
  • Understand that less is usually more
  • Take one day at a time
  • Laugh daily
  • Breathe deep slow breaths

For more help, please call CornerStone Family Services at 614-459-3003 to talk with a counselor or a coach.


What Stress Does and What to Do About It (Part 1)

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Stress Relax

Stress is something that hits us all. Left unchecked, stress can cause deterioration physically, emotionally, and behaviorally.

Physically, stress can result in tiredness, illness, irregular sleep, appetite disturbances, decreased sex drive, and pain.

Emotionally, stress can result in apathy, anxiety, depression, irritability, defensiveness, denial, and suspicion.

Behaviorally, stress can result in withdrawal, impulsivity, unhealthy self-care, combativeness, overworking, and procrastination.

So what can we do about unhealthy levels of stress in our lives?

Here are some helpful and healthy ways of “destressing”:

  • Pray continually
  • Practice healthy sleep hygiene
  • Practice healthy eating habits
  • Exercise 3-5 times a week
  • Prioritize the important things in life and say “no” to the rest
  • Delegate tasks to other responsible and capable people
  • Practice an “attitude of gratitude” by focusing on the positive
  • Don’t dwell on problems
  • Simplify, organize, and declutter your life
  • Schedule and do at least one fun activity per day
  • Take at least 3-5 minutes a day to ponder a verse from Scripture (Read this helpful blog article, Fighting Against the Crowded Lifefor more on this point)

For more helpful tips, check out tomorrow’s post and/or call CornertStone Family Services at 614-459-3003 to talk with a coach or counselor.