Prolonged stress can leave sufferers numb and frozen. And one of the most damaging consequences of this is that it can...
Stress relief: the fastest way to improve performance
Written by The Healing Hub
Lots of dog lovers will be familiar with this scenario. You are out with the dog for your evening stroll. Suddenly, a volley of fireworks goes off from a nearby garden. Your dog is visibly upset and starts physically shaking. It’s all pretty distressing. But then within just a few seconds, they’re fine again. They’ve managed to shake off the stress, and are able to skip along as if nothing ever happened.
So wouldn’t it be great if humans were able to ‘shake off’ the stress in a similar way?
The thing is, we do have this ability.
All mammals have neurogenic tremors that are inbuilt physiological responses in order to release stress, tension and trauma. These consist of involuntary and rhythmic shaking that is witnessed in many animals. A rapid and intense vibration is felt when holding a scared rabbit; you see gazelles shake after escaping a lion attack. Even small children who might be in tantrum mode, stamping their feet and pummelling their fists one minute, then can suddenly appear calm the next.
As adults, our tension and trauma release capacity tends to get suppressed and you’ve probably stopped using this healthy, natural way to release your emotions .
We’re firm believers in rediscovering this innate ability to shake out your tension, stress and trauma to release anything that no longer serves you. It’s a useful technique to be able to draw on at any time, and it’s especially valuable when it comes to responding to day-to-day stressors at work.
To illustrate, here are a few quick and easy things you can do to relieve stress and get your performance back on track.
When you’re stressed, it’s hard to focus. Your brain and body can become frozen in an anticipatory stress response that continually triggers your amygdala, located within the temporal lobes of your brain. Its main job is to process emotional responses to calm the nervous system. But if you are holding on to negative emotions, then your amygdala becomes overworked perceiving you are under continual threat.
As you begin to regularly shed your daily tensions through releasing, you may find that focus on a single task, and the resulting energy and optimism, can help you stay calm, clear and focused in everything you do.
To help you to maintain focus try working on one thing at a time, turning off notifications and avoiding distractions to reduce overwhelm.
The opposite can be said for multitasking, which is essentially jumping from one task to another. It slows down your progress overall, and it’s a pretty reliable recipe for anxiety.
Trouble is, whether you are in a busy office, or surrounded by the often tempting diversions of your home, staying focused is often easier said than done! Fortunately, The Healing Hub has expertly produced instrumental tracks to help you. In essence, these flood your brain with an 8-D immersive sound in such a way as to cancel out external irrelevances. This lets you focus effectively on the work at hand.
Yoga, Tai Chi, walking, jogging… These are all excellent ways to release tension from the major muscles, to deepen your breathing and restore your sense of wellbeing.
But what if you simply don’t have the bandwidth to slot in a long stroll or a meaningful Tai Chi session? There’s a lot to be gained from starting small, even if it’s just a 10-minute stroll around the block instead of a long jog. Remember, timewise, it doesn’t have to be a big commitment to do you good: just getting up and moving around can be a powerful destressor.
To make room for a small window, try the Pomodoro technique. With this, you set a timer for 25 minutes (a Pomodoro). Work solidly until the timer goes off and then take a five-minute break. Do this four times before taking a longer break of 15 or 20 minutes.
Want an even faster way to de-stress and regain focus? Be sure to have a go at our 20-second challenge...
A potential lifechanger: try this out...
The big problem is that most of us still don’t have a way to release all those negative emotions in the same way that pets and children do. We hold onto them, which means they build up inside causing you to erupt suddenly when faced with even very minor stressors.
We’d like to suggest a proven and increasingly popular way to release that pent-up emotion. You can use this, not just when faced with a particularly stressful situation, but also, on a daily basis to activate your endorphins, often referred to as our ‘feel-good’ chemicals, leaving you feeling naturally high with an elevated mood to manage your day. To discover how to feel better in 20 seconds, watch our video - and let us know how you get on!
You May Also Like…
Jun 15, 2021
If you have ever felt your throat constricting or your stomach tied up in knots, you’ll know that stress isn’t, in...
Jun 01, 2021
Sadly, from work pressure through to enforced isolation, we are currently faced with what seems like a relentless...