- Mental Health
5 minutes to Stress Relief
Ok, so we all get stressed. We have all heard many different suggestions for calming ourselves down, relaxing, and to stop stress. I went to a training camp a few years back, and this is the technique we were taught. I still use it to this day. In fact, I used it last night to help get my mind to stop running and let me sleep!
What you do:
1, Pick an object. Not too complex, but it should have something identifiable about it. (I use a leaf alot.)
2. For one minute, look only at this object. Focus on everything about the object. Color, size, texture, any markings, anything about the object. (I looked at shape, color, and the veins that ran through my leaf.)
3. After the minute, close your eyes, and remember the object you chose. Think about all the things you memorized about it. Focus all your brain power on remembering all you can about that object.
If someone is guiding you in this, they will tell you when to open your eyes. If you are alone, set an alarm on your watch or cell phone. All you need is 4 or 5 minutes of closed eyes and focusing. You'd be suprised how long it feels like when you open your eyes. It does a world of good, honestly.
Hope this helps at least one of you to relax, even for just a moment!