Knowing certain releasing techniques can be a way to relieve stress or worry quickly, in any given moment.
Stress is a part of our everyday lives, therefore it’s highly beneficial to know how to manage it better.
The Costs of Not Releasing Stress
If we continue to go through our day feeling stressed, it will affect our mental and emotional states. Other costs include:
- Not concentrating well.
- Not completing tasks or activities on time.
- Not being in a pleasant mood.
- Feeling discomfort or pain in our bodies.
The Benefits of Using Releasing Techniques
The premise behind using releasing techniques is that we have a natural ability to let go of emotions not supporting our highest self.
As joy, peace and calmness is our natural state, releasing techniques helps us return to that state much quicker.
When we start using releasing techniques, we will:
- Start feeling relaxed a lot quicker.
- Not continue to internalise negative emotions.
- Be able to concentrate better.
- Get things done without tension or stress.
Knowing different releasing techniques will help us let go of what’s standing between us and how we want to feel.
Over the years, I have learned various releasing techniques through training programs, workshops, online courses and books. Having a few different options is helpful as I’m able to pick and choose which technique is relevant in the moment.
5 Releasing Techniques That Will Reduce Stress
These are five of the releasing techniques that I have found to be the most effective when it comes to managing stress. There are links to videos included for more details and the opportunity to practice these releasing techniques.
- Deep Breathing. When we are feeling stressed, we tend to breathe faster and take in shallower breaths. As we slow down our breathing by taking in deeper breaths, we allow more air to flow into our bodies. This will result in us feeling calmer almost straight away, which then can help us make more intelligent decisions.
- Meditation. This mindfulness technique has been around for centuries and has been proven to aid better health and well-being. Meditation involves allowing ourselves to pause and experience being in the present moment. The aim is to start quietening our minds and become a better observer of our thoughts. That will help dissipate any negative thoughts or emotions we may be experiencing and get back to being calm or relaxed.
- The Sedona Method. In The Sedona Method, unwanted emotions can be released quickly by completing a few steps. Firstly, we have to identify the emotion we are experiencing and experience it fully. The emotion could be fear, anger, hurt, guilt, shame, resentment, etc. The aim is to allow ourselves to experience it without rejection or judgment.
Then we ask three questions:
- Could I let this go?
- Would I let this go?
It may take a few rounds of going through these questions for the emotion to fade away. One benefit of using The Sedona Method is that it’s quick and easy to use.
- Tapping or Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT). Tapping is a way to release unwanted emotions by touching certain points on our bodies. This technique is based on tapping on meridian points to allow for easier flow of energy again. As we start experiencing negative emotions, these points get blocked, which means energy does not flow freely through us.
One benefit of using tapping is that it’s also easy and quick to do. Depending on the intensity of the emotions we’re experiencing, it may just take a few rounds of tapping to release them.
- The Work. This releasing technique, developed by Byron Katie, is a process of self-inquiry that helps reduce suffering. When we’re feeling stressed, we’re not in our natural state, which means we’re suffering.
The Work involves reflecting on the thoughts we’re generating by answering four questions:
- Is it true? (Yes or no. If no, move to the third question.)
- Can you absolutely know that it’s true? (Yes or no.)
- How do you react, what happens, when you believe that thought?
- Who would you be without the thought?
One benefit of using this technique is it can be done on our own and we’ll experience a shift in our emotional state quickly.
As stress and other negative emotions are part of our lives, having these releasing techniques in our toolkit is extremely valuable. The more we practice using these releasing techniques, the better we’ll manage our mental and emotional states.
As most people aren’t aware of how to effectively release negative emotions, we can help them by making them aware of these techniques. The more relaxed we are, the happier we’ll be.
Question: Which of these releasing techniques have you applied and how have they helped you be more relaxed?
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