It could be right in the middle of a 4-hour study marathon… It could be after a long week of campus activities… or even just after a long day of classes. Suddenly – or even not so suddenly – you are drained and all you can think of is finding a place to nap. From out of nowhere it all catches up to you. The worse thing is, you can’t afford to stop right now. WRONG! This is the very time for you to stop – just for a few minutes and do this quick exercise for balancing college stress to get your energy back in a flash.
STEP 1 – Notice it. That’s right. Don’t try to ignore it. Put your full attention on the fact that you just hit an energy barrier. If you are reading and feel like you’re about to fall asleep acknowledge it so you can address it.
STEP 2 – Relax, sit up straight and breath normally. No slumping and no shallow breathing. These are two things that our bodies normally resort to when they are fatigued.
STEP 3 – Gently tap the middle of your sternum. Do this with your middle and index fingers five to seven times at about two taps per second. Repeat it three times with a few normal breaths in between.
As simple as it seems, this tapping on the center of your chest right where your heart is that will wake up your body’s energy centers. It takes awareness off of the tired feeling and places your awareness in the center of your body. The has the affect of energizing you.
You’ll find that if you start incorporating small stress-balancing practices like this into your daily routine while in college the effect will be cumulative. As you move further into your future you’ll also be more prepared for the stresses life throws at all of us.
♥ Take Care of Yourself,
“Living a Growth in Motion™ lifestyle!”