3 Emergency Online Stress-busters

So I’m sitting at home, waiting for a potentially very difficult call…I should add, I’m recovering from an operation at the moment and really only capable of doing a small amount each day. The clock ticks by (the call is now 33 mins late and counting) and I find myself struggling to suppress those chronic anxiety demons, that feeling in the pit of your stomach…heart pounding…chewing my lip…and above all catastrophizing the absolute worst-case outcome of the phone call.

anxiety girl

Time for some mindfulness to get this back under control. This is something I’ve been working on for a few months, and it is probably the single biggest and best change I’ve ever made. I confess, before I tried it, I assumed it was probably some “hippy mumbo-jumbo” and who has time for meditation anyway. Wrong! All it involves is taking a couple of minutes (or more, or less) to focus on the immediate present. What are you doing right now? Whatever it is, chances are you could try doing it “mindfully”. For example, 10 minutes before the scheduled time for the dreaded phone call, I came upstairs and put some make-up on (yes, make-up will make the tough call easier). Whilst I was doing it, I took some deep breaths and focussed solely on evenly and gently applying my BB cream, slowly and purposefully using my eyelash curler…etc. After just 2 minutes I felt calm and more ready to face the call. It is honestly so easy, if only I’d known about it years ago! You can try it in lots of different situations – It’s great to do whilst watering plants or doing housework for example. If you don’t have any make-up, dirty dishes or houseplants to hand, and all you have is a smartphone, here are my top 3 quick online stress busters (just remember to try and focus solely on each one, and try not to multi-task!).

1. Zen Habits. If you’re feeling stressed this website by Leo Babuata will help you. If you’re short of time, go immediately to this page (and then please come back and finish reading my post!). If you have a little more time, go to the archives page and browse a few articles (they each take about 30 seconds-2 minutes to read). Then bask in the glow of calmness you’ve achieved and award yourself some awesomeness points!

2. Find one of the millions of “Inspirational Quotes” we’re bombarded with online that actually, really and truly means something to you, resonates with you and is relevant to the stressful situation you’re currently facing. Then look at it. a lot. Here’s one I found whilst waiting for the phone call (now 1hr 25 mins late):

3. Watch the Adam and Joe Star Trek song. Forget anything you were worrying about for 1 minute and 15 seconds.

"They sent policemen round to see me"
“They sent policemen round to see me”

That’s it! Job done hopefully! Maybe one day we too can become Jedi Mindfulness Knights, like my nephew O. He’s got his head sorted.jedi mindfulness knight

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4 thoughts on “3 Emergency Online Stress-busters”

  1. Great post. I have a small suggestion for your practice. Add a gentle smile. Really it will help you. “Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.” Thich Nhat Hanh ( a masterful teacher) Your body responds to the smile as though you had something to smile about – which in the present moment we always do.

    I am one of thousands of people who post positive Facebook pages and tomorrow many of us will be listed at The Wellness Universe – https://www.facebook.com/WellnessUniverse, which shares beautiful posts from amongst its members. (and if you are interested, you can find mine specifically by following the link on the sidebar of my page)
    hugs, gerry

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    1. Thank you for your lovely comment. It actually did make me gently smile! Great timing for this advice as I’m about to go on another potentially highly stressful work trip away for a week. I am going to practice the above quote, I’ll let you know how I get on! I’ve bought a copy of Zen habits to take too, and of course my Ukulele, the World’s Happiest Instrument! Good luck with your Wellness Universe listing, I’m going to check it out today. Jo x

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