It comes to us all. That panicky sense that all is not well. It might be at work, in the car. The trigger could be anything from a traffic jam making you late or a much deeper sense of impending doom. The world feels wrong. You feel wrong. It’s called stress.
If left untreated the feeling builds and momentum gathers. What started as a storm in a tea cup builds to a towering tornado and suddenly you’re officially having a bad day. You snap at your partner, yell at sluggish pedestrians, drive dangerously, throw your computer across the table or take some dramatic course of action that you later regret. Some people obsess over the cause of their stress, replaying it in their heads over and over again.
Stress accounts for millions of days missed from work each year and may aggravate the risk of asthma, obesity, Alzheimer's, heart disease, and probably many others. Most sufferers feel helpless, caught like a fish on a hook, and long-term sufferers are so familiar with stress that it feels like a perfectly normal state of being—just life.
I’ve spent most of my adult life researching techniques from the worlds of psychology, the science of happiness and spirituality, and have come across these techniques, which I find always reduce stress. They’re easy to learn and can be done at home, in the office, or when stuck in a traffic jam.