Sunday, March 31, 2013
Particularly in the coming weeks leading up to exams, the stress on our students will accelerate. During their professional careers, they also will encounter times of stress. Here are some simple techniques, compliments of the ABA CLE blog:
Since stress affects the body, one of the first things you can do is a quick mental body scan. Simply take stock of where you are feeling tension in your body. Typical stress points are the jaw (clenched) and hands (rolled into fists). Others are the neck and shoulders (hunched up). And then there’s the brow (furrowed). As you notice the bodily tension, release it with your out-breath and imagine you are loosening up those tight areas.
Stress affects our ability to breathe deeply and easily. Shallow chest breathing is a sure sign of distress. A solution is to exhale slowly several times to slow things down which also enables you to take in a nice big in-breath. To make this even more effective, place one hand on your chest and the other on your belly. Your chest should be still and all the action should be happening with your belly.
Other stress reduction techniques include cognitive reframing (changing perspective), meditation, open focus attention, exercise and sleep.
The blog link will also permit you to find a podcast on the subject.