What to do to stay in control and avoid the “fight and negative stress” response? The next time when someone or something has caused you to be upset or angry certainly try counting to “20” before responding. This is helpful if we can encode this response in our brains or have the ability hold back the alien ready to pop out of your chest. And I have found that in most situations it can work. But in this stress driven world … think in this fast pace and intensive and time driven world we live in it is important to be able to stay centered and relaxed. I am trying out a method that works for me it is called — the “5 Second Smart-step Recovery Rule” for ” mental toughness and stress reduction. I recommend it highly. Here are the steps:
Count to Five –Toughness Response
Breathing is the foundation of sanity because it is the way we provide our brain and every other vital organ in our body with the oxygen needed to survive. Breathing also eliminates toxins from our systems.
There are many techniques for deep breathing, but one of the simplest and most effectives ones that I learned is “Five Second Smart Step Recovery” method:
- Breathe in slowly to a count of five.
- Hold the breath for a count of five.
- Exhale slowly to a count of five.
- Rest for a count of five by taking normal breaths.
- Start over again with number one.