Let’s review for a minute:
If by now you are doing your Brief Recovery Exercise (BRE) for a few seconds about every 30 minutes or so, you may be avoiding some of the negative effects of stress.
If you are working along with this blog, you have tools to avoid making these 4 mistakes…
Mistake #1: Close Your Eyes To Self-Awareness
If you have been doing this right along since we first started the stress reduction tips, you will probably notice that when you become aware of your breathing now that pretty often your body will already be doing belly breathing and your muscles will already be letting go.
With these stress release techniques that you are using, your body is developing these new and improved HABITS through repetition. You will notice this first in how your body breathes because this is the first new habit you worked on.
You will also be noticing that you are more and more often using that calmer sound of your inner voice and your muscles are letting go on their own too.
You are on track now to build more and more self-awareness and you will start to notice that you are more and more mindful of the signs of stress that you have built awareness about, including how your body is breathing or the tone of your inner voice or how your muscles feel.
Mistake #2: Ignoring Your Body-Talk
Biofeedback training shows you how to look for symptoms of stress as you are learning how to read the language of your subconscious mind during your day.
Remember your subconscious mind uses your BODY as a language system.
You can also use stress symptoms as a reminder to do your Brief Recovery Exercise like a headache beginning or mental confusion or shortness of breath.
Listen to what your body is saying to you!
Ignoring your body-talk can lead to the negative consequences of stress…which has a lot to do with prolonged stress…which is the big problem with stress…going on just too long without a break.
Mistake #3: Turning Your Back on Body Changes
Your subconscious mind talks to you through changes in your breath and your muscle tension and nervous system.
(More on nervous system in a later article…)
By the way, your subconscious mind also uses other ways to communicate with your conscious mind like your dreams or your art or your emotions.
Relaxation training can show you how to tune in to changes in your body with a mini-stress assessment.
You want to think of your relationship with your body as a relationship with yourself.
And being your own best friend is an important goal for you.
When your body calls out for help, you want to be there and give guidance in a caring way.
You DO NOT want to ignore or get distracted so you are not slowed down by how you are feeling…CALL HOME!!
Mistake # 4: Not Speaking Body Language
Biofeedback focuses on using your body as a language system….and your body is a GREAT communicator…especially since you are learning to be a better listener and guide this communication system is now working well.
That is to say, many stress management strategies are built on your conscious mind learning to be a better listener and guide.
You listen in/feel how your body is reacting to your attempts to interact and learn what works best you’re your subconscious/body mind as you go along.
Your conscious mind bears the responsibility to communicate in a way that it is HEARD by your subconscious mind…and this shows up as changes in your body.
That is what mindfulness based stress reduction is all about!
KEEP AT IT MORE GEMS TO COME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Author: Jinny Joy LaRock, RN, BCB Sr. Fellow