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    A Personal Reflection On Stress Relief

    This last month, for me, has been one of the most challenging I have experienced for a long time. And with each challenge that arises, the one before seems to pale in significance. I have had no time to make resolutions or plan my coming year, but something more significant is occurring. I am understanding my own approach to stress relief.

    Even though I am not out of the forest just yet, I am noticing how calm I have managed to remain. Instead of future planning, I find myself in a time of reflection. How am I achieving this inner peace even though the world around me appears to have gone mad.

    To be honest, I am not saying that I haven’t felt stressed and overwhelmed at times. But what I have noticed is how I have managed to re-centre much more quickly than I ever have before. During my reflection, I realise the different ways I have worked through this.

    What is my secret to stress relief?

    Firstly, I removed all extra stresses I could remove. This gave me extra head space and time to focus on what I needed to accomplish. Any unnecessary activities, such as Facebook were stopped. I also put any extra work on hold.

    Secondly, whilst the stressed thoughts are running around my head – usual time being at bedtime – I focus on what I am grateful for. This was usually my children and the fun I have with them. I concentrate on the love I feel for them, and allow that love to grow bigger and bigger in my heart. If I distract myself with  returning to the latest challenge and the stressful emotions, I accept and acknowledge this and then return back to the feelings of gratitude. It’s amazing how quickly I experience stress relief.

    Thirdly, for immediate stress relief, I automatically focus on deep breathing. I teach this often, and it never ceases to amaze me how well it works. The more it is practiced, the more effective it is when you really need it. It becomes an automatic response to stress instead of more negative responses such as shouting, drinking too much or eating chocolate (my default place).

    Finally, I have been mindful that my relationship to my challenges alter with each day. Depending on what I have to face and what that challenge means to me, changes how I perceive the challenge of yesterday. Life is series of events, experiences and emotions, that ebb and flow. Most of what can make me freak out today has resolved itself tomorrow, or this time next year.

    So what have I learned through this past month? Life is unpredictable and there are times we have little control over the events we live through. However, I feel I am learning to gain control of how I respond during these times. Of course, these are words we read often in well meaning blogs. But until you actually learn to implement them, they remain words. My current reflection shows me how far I have come and how fabulous these few techniques are to get us through the toughest of times.

    I wonder what your own personal stress relief techniques are – what works well for you? Please comment below and share this article onwards.

    Giselle Monbiot is a Stress Specialist, mum of 3 and passionate on teaching and guiding people on how to live happier, calmer and more liberated lives. If you are struggling with stress and would like to find out how to work 1 to 1 with Giselle, please email her is



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