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We all have crisis that impacts us. Sometimes that crisis is high on the proverbial Richter scale and others it is just part of our daily happenings.  No matter if it is big or small, a few simple tools in your pocket can help keep you on track and feeling good.  Why, you might ask?  I mean, crisis is a part of life, right?  Well, yes and no.  Here is the problem.  When we allow ourselves to react with a stress response to crisis, then our bodies are experiencing a rush and drop of chemicals that ends up exhausting us and possibly having long term physiological effects as well.  If we can practice some tools that keep us out of the stress response until we really need it, we will have calmer and more centered days.  Try these tools and see what happens to your every day!

1.60 second adjustment
Take 60 seconds and do some deep breathing.  Breathe in for 3-5 seconds, hold it for 5 seconds and then blow it out.  Sound familiar?  Anyone been to a birthing class lately?  Well, guess what, deep, concentrated breathing works for more than labor; like when you are listening to angry bosses, stuck in traffic, cooling off before talking with your kids, or just feeling anxious.  Try it for 60 seconds and see what happens.  Not only are you physiologically pulling yourself down, but by concentrating on how many seconds you are holding your breath, breathing out, etc, you are giving yourself some emotional space from your stressor.  In only one minute.  Try it.

2.Crisis or Drama?
Are you having a "crisis" or "drama?" A crisis is a genuine emergency.  A drama is a stage show.  Learn to ask yourself; is this a crisis or a stage show?  Is it really a crisis when you have a stain on your shirt?  Is it a crisis when you are going to be 20 minutes late for work?  Think about it.  Often, we fall into creating our own stage show drama when there is no crisis.  Try, the next time you feel a crisis coming on, to ask yourself, "Is this a real crisis or am I creating my own show here?"  You might find yourself laughing at the situation instead of experiencing anxiety, anger and panic.  And believe me; laughter will take you further than your stress response when you are not in a true crisis.

3.Walk it off
This one is so painfully simple; it may even annoy you to read it.  But really, walk it off. A brisk walk will get your blood pumping-in a good way.  It will allow you to think it through, without reacting.  The exercise may even lift your mood enough to help you re-center yourself. I have found over and over, when I take a walk, my perspective changes.  Things seem better, I feel less angry or agitated.  It's easy. Try it.

These tools are so simple, but sometimes it's the simple stuff we lose track of. When we practice the basics like these, life gets a little bit easier to manage and a lot calmer.  *If you would like to learn more about Simply Put Together and how to organize, enrich and balance your life,[Link Removed] 


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