Rapid Stress Reduction is something we all want. It is not a miracle but it is possible for us all to experience. Here is my own example to explain how it is possible. Yesterday I came to Galway for a mid-week break. Taking a break and some time to relax and enjoy somewhere different for a few days. Having spent the day chilling in the hotel, after a lovely lunch I decided to go on the town for the evening. The weather was wet, but that did not stop me, I walked around the city looking in the shops and at the last minute I purchased some expensive cosmetics. Delighted with my purchase I started to walk back to the car, all happy and relaxed. When I got to the car I realised that the bottom had fallen out of the paper bag I was carrying shopping in. I was shocked, annoyed and in a panic I started to retrace my steps to see if I could possibly find my lost goods. No such luck. I was upset and spent a good bit of time thinking what if I had not gone into town. What if I had not stayed in the rain so long? What if I had put the goods into a different bag? Spending many minutes pondering the “what if’s”, which then changed to “why’s”. Why did I not ask for a plastic bag? Why did I not carry the bag more carefully, an exhaustive list of Why’s
Then it came to me. By looking back, thinking about and retracing my every step I was living in the past. By thinking the time away I was ruining all the good and positive things that I had experienced. Conversely wondering what I was going to do the next day to try to replace the cosmetics lost was me living in the future where I cannot possibly know the eventual outcome. So by living in the present, with the reality that I had lost my cosmetics, knowing it had been a good day, and this loss was part of that day also. I had to make a choice to spend the evening looking back, planning the future or staying in the present. So I decided to stay with what was happening to me at that moment and just stay with what is and make the most of the time I had left of my break.
Rapid Stress Reduction is staying in the moment, resisting the urge to live in the past and worrying about the future. This way we can reduce our stress quickly by just being in the “now”. This can improve our well being and our mental health and it is a great tool to have in life.
This quote from Eckhart Tolle says it all
“As soon as you honor the present moment, all unhappiness and struggle dissolve, and life begins to flow with joy and ease. When you act out the present-moment awareness, whatever you do becomes imbued with a sense of quality, care, and love – even the most simple action.”