Here is a quick tip for clearing stress and eliminating addictive behavior. Just as you have a physical pulse for your heart, you also have an emotional pulse that you can use to gauge how much stress you’re building in your body. By checking in every three hours, you can slow your emotional pulse down to a level in which you are riding the waves of your emotions rather than battling them.
1) Set your computer, cell phone,or watch to beep every three hours.
2) Scan your breath. Are you breathing from your chest or your gut? When we breathe from our gut, we get more oxygen and thus are able to adapt to stress more easily. When we breathe from our chest, shallow breathing tends to increase anxiety. Making this small adjustment can center you within five minutes.
3) Now, once you have centered yourself, ask the simple question of your gut, “what do I need to know right now that I don’t think I know”?
If you get into the habit of doing this exercise three times a day (using a reminder beeper) your muscle of intuition will grow and your stress levels will decrease.