How to Stay Grounded Under Stress
In her Harvard Business Review article, “A Simple Way to Stay Grounded in Stressful Moments,” Leah Weiss explains that Mindfulness is less about the mind and more about body awareness. Weiss, a researcher at Stanford Graduate School of Business, offers easy ways to bring attention back to our bodies to help soothe our stressed out psyche.
- Take a single breath. That’s all you need to stop the mind’s chatter and give your body a chance to regulate after responding to a perceived threat.
- Pay attention to your emotions & their physical manifestations. Recognizing aches or twinges associated with certain feelings can help you control unwanted reactions before they control you.
- Magnify little pleasures. Revel in the pleasure of taking that first sip of coffee, sitting when you’ve been standing too long or slipping out of an uncomfortable pair of shoes. Simple pleasures provide a powerful reminder to find small joys to celebrate within our daily routines.
The Importance of Purposeful Mindful Living
Dr. Melanie Austin-McCain, an occupational therapist and Assistant Professor at New York Institute of Technology School of Health Professions, says that mindfulness could hold the key to living a longer, more positive life.
Austin-McCain says evidence shows that having a purpose in life is helpful in promoting good health and preventing chronic disease. While short-term goals like finishing school or completing a project are important, she says look beyond them and find out who you are and what’s meaningful to you. Then, set goals that align with your sense of purpose.
My book, “LIES That Limit: Uncover the Truth Of Who You Really Are,” was written for those looking to start such a journey. It’s designed to give you a better understanding of who you are at the core, rather than what society or well-meaning people in your circle have steered you toward.
6 Steps For Purposeful Living
There are many things in life that we can’t control. And, there are many things we can. The key to better control is mindful living. Occupational Therapist Dr. Melanie Austin McCain offers six steps to purposeful living.
- Meditate. Set aside brief periods of time to be still so you can visualize goals and set daily intentions.
- Move. Stretch your body and mind. Stay physically active and commit to exploring new ideas and strategies.
- Manage. Be the CEO of your life. Perform a SWOT analysis on your life. De-clutter personal spaces. Plan meals to make eating healthy easier.
- Maximize. See challenges as opportunities…make your future yours.
- Find Meaning. Seek joy in the things you choose to do, be grateful and acknowledge those who support you. Finally, Mentoring. Connect with people who can help you improve in various aspects of your life. And, mentor others, as well.