Catching Yourself Before the Stress Explosion
Have you ever found yourself feeling like you want to explode inside? It’s that feeling of just having too much to do and not enough time to do it. You feel like you are running around like a chicken with your head cut off. Often during times like these I may be getting a lot of work done, but I’m running on overload. I seem to be going to explode.
I’m sure you know know what I’m talking about. You wouldn’t be reading this you didn’t find yourself having the same experience.
So I want you to know that I know what you’re going through. As a busy cardiologist, a public speaker, and a stress reduction expert I face similar problems.
I sometimes have too much to do and not enough time to get it done.
Let me give you a real world example. Just last week I was working in the hospital,and I started off by having to see four new patients consultations. These can take 30-50 minutes a piece depending on the complexity. I was also working in supervising six stress tests. On my way to see my first consult, I got a call from the intensive care unit. A patient down there had a major problem.
A rotund, eighty-year-old gentleman was having a heart attack. His chest pain was 10 out of 10. I had to make arrangements to stabilize him, and then arranged to transfer him to another hospital for cardiac catheterization and stenting.
Before I could hardly turn around the emergency room called. A middle aged woman was also having chest pain, and she also needed to be transferred to another facility. It too over an hour and a half to see her and complete this task.
In the middle of all this, my pager beeped me four or five times. A nurse had a problem, the stress technologist needed my help, and another physician was calling me. All of this was before eleven in the morning.
Now in the midst of all this, some personal issues cropped up. I found out that I was due to be at the accountant to have my taxes done, and I had not
started the preparations. Ok You can see that even when you are a stress reduction expert, stress finds you like everyone else. All I can say is that life is stress. Stress is a part of the journey of life. You can’t get away from it.
So what’s the answer? Well in the midst of all the stressful things happening when I got to the point that I really felt like I was going to explode I sat down and stopped what I was doing. I begin using the stress reduction techniques to teach other people. In my program, Five Simple Steps for Overcoming Stress Now, I teach people a technique called Power Breathing. It’s a technique that quickly and easily relaxes the body. I also began connecting to my own heart for stress reduction. This is a free technique people can find on my website: http://overcomeyourdailystress.com/.
And WOW! it worked. After using these technique for just 3-4 minutes the feeling that I was going to explode disappeared. My mind became calm and the sense of tension that I was holding in my body evaporated.
So here’s my advice to you if you find yourself so stressed out that you fell like exploding.
#1 Stop what you’re doing.
Gaining awareness of how stress is pushing you over the top is critical.
#2. Calm Your Breathing.
When we feel stressed out most people have breathing that is rapid and shallow. Some slow deep breaths can lower the stress and help you get an handle on the situation.
#3. Connect to Your Heart
Creating a heart connection is one of the quickest and easiest ways to stop stress in it’s tracks. If you don’t know how to do this go to the website above. I have a free 30 minute video you can watch that will show you how. On my Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/WholeHeartedCardiologist?ref=hl if you click on the red button that says, “Free Stress Relief” you’ll receive a free book that will help you take control of your stress and learn how to connect to your heart.
If you do these things it will help you take charge of your stress and keep the explosion from happening. This is stress relief. It’s stress management at it’s best.
I hope this helps.
Thanks again this is Dr. Kirk Laman
The Wholehearted Cardiologist and Stress Reduction Expert
Remember. Seek. Knock. Open Your Heart
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