“Your ability to generate power is directly proportional to your ability to relax.”
High tempo, enjoying a fast pace in everyday life, quick reactions, plenty of coffee and "things are going well now!". As the adrenaline in the body diminishes, do you become restless then? Living intensely can easily become an addiction.
Short-term stress, a temporary cortisol surcharge, a dopamine rush from a mobile app or results focus can be just what we need to cope with a deadline or energy to go a little further. Stress is the body's fantastic way of helping us cope with challenging situations.
It doesn't matter that we sometimes stress ourselves. But - if you are completely dependent on it to survive and become restless when unwinding or taking it easy – there is a risk both you, the work and those around you will experience some harm.
RELAX - ADJUST THE INTERNAL TEMPERATURE
WHO - the World Health Organization - has designated depression and stress as the world's leading cause of ill-health and dysfunction; these conditions have been for both cancer and cardiovascular diseases.
Although there is no fault with stress itself (the acute stress is, as I said, a superpower that mobilizes force), the long-term, chronic stress is fatal. You routinely need to set aside time for recovery so as not to tear down your internal systems, to be resourceful, feel good and live sustainably. In addition, life becomes more fun, you become more creative, relate better to others and get a stronger immune system.
"Avoid unnecessary stress, go down in pace several times a day and be aware of your breathing!"
Breath awareness is clearly a basic and important tool. Your breathing determines which feeling occupies you and reflects whether you are stressed or relaxed. By becoming more attentive to your breath, you can conquer the ability to control your inner tempo, regulate up or down your energy, land or increase when needed.
Breathing is - as far as we know - the only autonomous, physiological mechanism we can influence to direct research on breathing and emotions, showing that all different emotional states have their specific breathing patterns. Therefore, by changing how we breathe, we can also change how life feels.
No matter how simple it sounds, it took many years before I even managed to make conscious breathing a habit, despite the intention to do so. Exercise has now made breathing focus a natural part of my everyday life. I always do a short breathing meditation before I start working. Sometimes I also do it while I work. I focus on the breath before going into a meeting and before going out on a stage to lecture. I take a deep breath before eating. It's like conscious breath taking me to a place within - where calm is stored. Take a moment… How are you breathing right now?