Recently, I’ve been taking up some workshops around trauma treatment. The professor made a wild claim at the beginning of the session. He said, “I will teach you something today that would mean you will not have stress for the rest of your life.”
It seemed incredulous to me as well. But as you will see: from theory and then
practice… the claim is not as far fetched as it seems.
Take this list for example, and see if it matches your stress reactions:
Aggressive; Reactive; Hostile; Poor Focus; Fidgety
Freezing; Emotional numbing; Sad; Withdrawn
These are the proper behaviours related to a body in sympathetic dominance.
Try it. Completely relax all the muscles in your body and hold it for 10 seconds.
Do you feel stress? No.
It’s impossible. How does this mean I won’t have stress for the rest of my life?
The answer is simple but not easy. From now on… do a constant quick check within your body. Is it tense? Relax… and move forward. The relaxation doesn’t have to be long. But for a moment, you will bring yourself out of stress. This allows you to respond properly to your stressful situations.