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How does stress show up for you?
Sometimes it's physical. Feelings may arise in your gut with an ache or urgency, in your chest with heart palpitations, or in your head with dizziness or headache. Other times stress shows up in your personality and behavior. You "lose it" and yell like a toddler having a tantrum. Maybe you feed your stress, choosing to indulge in food or drink that medicates the moment, but leaves you filled with regret. The first step in finding relief from your stress is by being Aware. Which of the above possible responses to stress best describe you or the situation you are facing?
Next is your Belief. Do your beliefs limit your experiences? Do you believe the stress you are experiencing is unavoidable (after all, your body is responding!) Or are you open to possibilities? Take a close look at your beliefs and see if you can broaden them. Be empowered and embrace any possibility!
Once you are aware that you are in a stress response, and you believe that an alternative response is viable, the next step is to Change. Choose a different action such as conscious breathing, physical movement like jumping jacks, or removing your shoes and socks and pressing you bare feet onto the ground and allow your stress to transform.
Be aware, notice and expand your beliefs, and be open to changing. With these three steps, you will zap the power that stress has over you and your light will shine bright for all to see!