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Everyone has times of stress. No matter who you are, where you're from, or what you've been through, you will experience stress at one point or another. Some have it more than others. Some stress about different things. Money, responsibilities, times of uncertainty, and the list goes on. So, the big question is, how do we stop stress? While there are many different ways, such as breathing, meditation, journaling, and more. I wanted to talk to you today about a technique I learned recently.
I was sitting down with Kaela and my life coach the other day, when she told us we were going to do an exercise. She called it "Rapid Appreciation". The entire goal of the exercise was to go around in order and say something we appreciate about the surrounding environment we are in. Could be something I liked about Kaela's clothes or a painting on the wall. It didn't matter what it was, as long as it was quick-pace and in the immediate room. One after another, we each say out loud what we liked in the room. In the span of 30 seconds, we named 30+ things between the 3 of us.
You'd be surprised at how it made us all feel. The mood lightened, the energy flowed, and all tenseness turned to relaxation. It's so easy to immediately go to the things we don't have in our life, the negative. What's difficult is making the switch to appreciate the positive things we DO have in our life when everything else is feeling overwhelming and stressful. That's EXACTLY what rapid appreciation does for you. It takes your mind off of the exterior stresses and worries, and redirecting your mind to what you CAN appreciate in the here and now. It is something I would highly recommend to anyone. AND, the great thing is you can it by yourself too. You don't have to be surrounded by others to appreciate life!
Next time you have a stressful moment, just remember, this world has so much to offer you. You can either focus on the negative or the positive. One drowns you, while another lifts you. One leaves you hopeless, while one leaves you hopeful. The more you practice rapid appreciation, the more you will notice it creeping into your everyday life. Moments that would normally turn your mind towards stressful thoughts will begin to turn your mind to appreciating what you do have instead of what you don't.
"Just remind yourself... Everything you are doing is divinely timed for your success"