Ever wish you could have changed your response before you react to a stressful situation? You know, not release all that anger and frustration on the people you love and feel terrible after?
ATTENTION: this applies to both in person responses as well as emails, text messages, Facebook updates, tweets or any other form of social media connections!!
Think about stressors in life like FIRE… do you remember learning the technique when you were young to “Stop – Drop & Roll” if you catch on fire??
Think about all of the typical situations in your life when you get triggered. What is happening? Who triggers you? When do you get triggered and by what? Get honest for a moment and really think about how, when and why you end up reacting to life in a way that resembles an erupting volcano!
If you are anything like me, I get triggered more easily when my energy is depleted or I am stressed out (need help with energy levels?? Apply for a FREE 45-Minute Jumpstart to Vitality Session HERE.. only 4 spots left in August!). Even though this doesn't happen very often any more, it typically means I wasn't taking care of myself (you know, not getting enough sleep, too much caffeine, skipped my green juice and am juggling superwoman type tasks all at once)… hello self-care! Luckily, I catch myself quickly and am equipped with radical tools to course correct when I get off track.
When you find yourself about to be triggered and feel those first indicators of a mini volcanic eruption brewing inside of you, think of it like fire. Instead of dropping to the ground and rolling, stop, drop inside and listen…
Next time you feel irritation, frusturation, blame, anger or even disappointment boiling in your blood stream, try out my simply three step method BEFORE you respond/hit send/tweet it out or update your status::
2. DROP (IN)
All it takes is split second to choose a different response and change the outcome of both your relationships and the quality of your life... Set an intention to become more self-aware so that you can develop a practice to catch yourself before you react!
STEP 1: STOP – stop yourself before you open your mouth/hit send! Take a deep breath and…
STEP 2: DROP (IN) – close your eyes, connect to your breath, connect to your heart and…
STEP 3: LISTEN – tune into and ask yourself how you can respond in a loving helpful way...
I love to teach my clients how to “tune in” before reacting to life in a they wish they hadn’t… Imagine how many arguments you could avoid, regrets you could let go of and how much more at peace you would be within??
The next time you are about to react, try this out and see what happens. I’d love to hear about your experience and find out how you were able to shift your reaction to a more heartfelt response!
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Love & Inner Peace,
Article originally posted on FitLife.tv - if you don't know Drew Canole and the Fit Life Team yet, be sure to check them out and BE inspired to JUICE your way to vibrant health!
Check it out here: http://fitlife.tv/3-step-method-to-respond-instead-of-react/
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