Did you know that everything around you is made up of energy? That’s right, it isn’t just you, your neighbor’s cat and that tree right outside your window. In fact, your computer, the very desk you’re sitting at and even your thoughts and feelings are resonating with some form of energy. It’s already been proven by science and it’s called the Law of Vibration.
So, what happens when external forces seek to alter our life force? It ends up changing us in some way–sometimes for the better and other times for the worse. Feeling stressed is one of that result. Trust me, I get the short end of the stick all too often, and seeing that you’re here reading this article, I’m assuming you’re in the same boat as me.
Not to worry. In my quest to come up with a solution, I managed to put together a simple life-changing system that has worked for me, and now, I’m about to share it with you. The trick was to identify the different types of stress, categorize it and come up with a solution to deal with each of them. It consists of only three methods and has become my A.R.T for relieving stress. Yep, that’s the name, and it stands for:
Now, you may be asking, “How does it work?” It’s simple actually. Each method above uses a technique to deal with specific kinds of stress. All you have to do is pick one (or more) that suits you and fit it into your everyday life. Sounds easy, right? Well, it is. So let’s jump in and explore the first together.
For those with: depression, unhappiness and a sense of hopelessness
The word “Altruism” simply means having a selfless concern for the welfare of others. I know, I know, you’re probably wondering how this is supposed to help you exactly, but just hear me out. As I’ve said earlier, we are constantly surrounded by all manner of energies, and that includes the bad kind. Ignoring it will only make you sick and trying to block it out entirely isn’t going to work either (as i’m sure you already know). But you can influence the energy around you and turn it positive. That’s what this method does. Using the same principle of karma, which is the belief that all good deeds are rewarded, helping others feel good–despite facing hardship yourself–will allow you to share in their positive aura as well.
What counts as Altruism?
- Random acts of kindness in your everyday life, such as complimenting someone on their clothing or offering to do the dishes for your wife.
- Buying a gift for your loved one.
- Improving someone else’s life through charity.
- Adopting a pet and giving it a loving home.
“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.” – Dalai Lama
Now that you understand how this method works, give it a try. It doesn’t take a lot of effort to change your world. Sure, you may not see the results immediately, but remember, all good things come to those who wait. In time, the people in your life will see you in a different light–the one you created. They’ll start treating you differently too, and you’ll be waking up each morning eager to greet the day,
For those with: anxiety, poor health due to stress and feeling drained
Had a stressful day at work? Or perhaps you’re still at the office, slouched over at the keyboard with your eyes half closed. If you’re waiting for me to reveal some secret method that’ll make you feel better, all I can say is look at your clock. Yes, look at it. Now tell me when was the last time you kicked back to unwind and enjoy the simple pleasures in life? If you can’t give an answer, than that’s the problem right there.
This method will help you find your center, achieve inner peace and strengthen your body and mind through spiritual healing. But to do that, you must first make an effort to set your work aside and find a little time for yourself each day. That means go relax and enjoy! Indulge in your favorite food, go to a massage parlor or pamper yourself by getting a gift that you’d like. It all sounds so ridiculously simple, but when those “Happy Hormones” start rolling, you’d be amazed at how much of a positive effect it can have on your body.
How you can rejuvenate
- Take up meditation, or if you’re too busy, you can perform some simple techniques a few minutes a day. It’ll clear your thoughts, help bring clarity and give your body time to keep up with your mind.
- There is a true saying: “Laughter is the best medicine”. So be among friends that are fun, cheerful and always helpful. Their positive aura will influence you in a big way.
- Allow the sights and sounds of the world to heal you. If possible, go on a getaway trip to someplace nice.
- Let your mind escape into the realm of imagination through music and movies.
And there you have it! The not-so-secret-but-effective method to relieving stress. It’s been in front of you this whole time. Most people just choose not to see it or underestimate its power to bring joy into their lives. So the next time you’re feeling down, just remember this: In order to invite more positive energy and attain harmony, you must first empty your cup of the negative.
For those with: anger issues, short-tempered, easily irritated over small matters
There are two kinds of people that handle stress very differently. The first is implosive anger, and those that belong to this group are like ticking time bombs. They bottle up all their negative emotions until it weakens their Chi and makes them sick, and when it becomes too much, they explode and do something they might regret. Then there are the explosive anger types that just vent all their frustrations on the spot and make everyone around them miserable, including themselves. (refer to Altruism above)
Which personality type do you belong to? Implosive or Explosive?
Now, tell me if it’s working for you. No? That’s because both methods has its own downside as you can see. And that’s where the “Transference” method comes in. Instead of holding it all in or simply releasing everything, try and redirect all that negative energy instead. It can be something simple such as stretching, going for a jog or if you want to kick it up a notch, there’s always the gym. I’m sure that punching bag in the corner will be happy to help. The idea is to use those negative energy as fuel to do something productive.
Some ways of channeling away those unwanted energy
- Take up Yoga or Tai Chi. It’s a great health exercise that not only improves your body and mind, but also teaches you how to be calm.
- Doing sports can help give you something else to focus on and promote positive attitude, such as a desire to improve and be the best. You can try something fast-paced (Badminton) or slow-paced (Golf). It’s all up to you.
- For those with no time for activities, simply using a stress ball or any other similar items (Baoding balls, Worry beads) can serve as a conduit for relieving some of your stress.
“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” – Benjamin Franklin
With this technique, you’ll be able to prevent–or at least lessen–the horrible effects of stress from taking hold of you. It’s your weapon now. Use it, and don’t allow those negative energy to build up inside of you. If you can remember to do that, you’ll have won half the battle.
And that’s it! You’ve just learned the A.R.T of stress relief. Congratulations! Hopefully, by having a clearer understanding of the different ways of dealing with stress, you can now apply it better in your everyday life, wherever and whenever. So, let’s recap: you’ve now got a method on how to create positive energy around you, another to cleanse your spirit of all the negative effects of stress, and last but not least, a technique that teaches you how to redirect all that anger and frustration.
It doesn’t get any simpler than that.
Of course, there are many other ways out there that are just as effective at inviting positive energy into your life, such as Feng Shui (which teaches you how to increase the flow of Chi and create harmony through your environment), but that’s a slightly different subject for another time.