Friday’s BOLD LAW from KW MAPS NLP Coach George Gillas…” Keep your emotions between the lines “
Would it be safe to say that when you are in an (negative) emotional whirlwind you are feeling tense rather than loose? You are stressed not relaxed? And if you could be more relaxed – less stressed, would it be easier to keep your emotions “between the lines?”
Your body and mind respond to each other. Think about a particular type of food and you’ll find yourself craving it. Act as if your happy with enough intensity and, sure enough, your mood genuinely reflects happiness.
What would happen then if you took some simple steps to keep you emotions in check when you feel the temperature rising? Here’s a few simple and effective things to do…
1. Breathe. Slowly. Deeply. Into your abdomen. When you breathe abdominally, you bring more oxygen into your brain and you start to override the stress response. If you Google “how to do abdominal breathing” you’ll get about 61 million responses. So, if you don’t know how – look it up. It is a life changer!
2. Roll your shoulders. When we get tense, our shoulders tend to lock up. Try this. Sit with your back straight and roll your shoulders as far forward as you can. Next – raise them as high as you can so they are by your ears. Now push them back as far as you can – still keeping them up high. And then drop them down as far as you can so they are back and down. This is where they should be – it is the ending point. Now that you have the movement in steps, smooth it out and do it slowly in a circular motion. Repeat this 4 or 5 times or until your shoulders begin to feel less locked and more relaxed in the down and back position.
3. Straighten your posture. Stand against a wall so that your heels are touching the wall. Now position yourself so your butt, then your shoulder blades, then the back of your head are all against the wall. You’ve just aligned yourself so your spine is in it’s natural position. Hold this for a few minutes and find that breathing becomes easier because you are not constricting your lungs. You feel more relaxed because your skeleton is supporting your weight. You are more relaxed… and it is easier to “keep your emotions between the lines.”
Sometimes all we need is a simple solution. Change your physical state and you can change your emotional response.
So – breathe. Relax your shoulders. Stand straight. And handle what’s coming at you with calmness and grace.
The world needs more of that, don’t you agree?
Contributed by KCN leader Don Aldrich, Faye Humphrey & KW MAPS NLP Coach George Gillas