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De-stressing Technique #2

De-stressing Technique #2


1. The Center-Ground Technique – Benefits

The Center-Ground Technique can interrupt the syndrome of fear and stress. It brings relief, and provides a sense of calm, balance and inner strength.

This technique is simple, yet powerful. It combines the solidity of grounding with the strength and power of centeredness and flexibility, which is similar to the positive effects of many martial arts forms.

With practice, a person can feel rooted and strong like a tree, yet flexible like its branches. As a tree bends in the wind; so you can learn to yield, when necessary. As a tree is solid in its roots; so you can stand your ground. As a tree is strong at its core; so you can become empowered within yourself. All are crucial when going through the difficulties of a breakup or divorce.

2. Physiology

When stressed or frightened, our hearts beat faster. This technique slows the heartbeat and calms the heart. When scared, we tend to hold our breath or it becomes shallow. This prevents needed oxygen from circulating through our bodies and to our brain. We also go into tunnel vision, unable to see options. Tunnel vision creates more fear and anxiety, and a self-perpetuating fear cycle begins.

By changing and re-aligning our focus during this technique, we interrupt the flow of anxiety producing thoughts along with the accompanying toxic chemicals. Mental chatter decreases as energy shifts from our head down into our torso, legs and feet. We become more solid and stable in our stance and present in our body. Needed oxygen is delivered more effectively into our system through slowed and diaphragmatic breathing.

We begin to neutralize. With time, the relaxing, mood-enhancing hormones of serotonin and endorphins can set into motion and begin entering our bloodstream.

3. Steps of the Center-Ground Technique - Breathe gently and slowly

1. Stand with feet shoulder width apart, arms at your sides.
Knees slightly bent, with equal weight on each foot.

Take a long gentle inhale through your nose.
Exhale through your mouth. Have the exhale be longer than the inhale.

Repeat this breath one time.

2. Slowly shift your weight until 95% of the weight is on your left foot.
The right ball of you foot will touch the ground for balance;
The heel will be slightly raised.

Take a long gentle inhale through your nose.
Exhale through your mouth. Have the exhale be longer than the inhale.

Feel your weight start to drop down onto your left leg and foot.

4. In this position, repeat this breath one time.

5. Come back to center; equal weight on both feet. Knees remain slightly bent.

Take another long gentle inhale through your nose.
Exhale through your mouth. Have the exhale be longer than the inhale.

6. Slowly shift your weight until 95% of the weight is on your right foot.
The left ball of your foot will touch the ground for balance,
The heel will be slightly raised.

Take a long gentle inhale through your nose.
Exhale through your mouth. Have the exhale be longer than the inhale.

Feel your weight start to drop down onto your right leg and foot.

7. Come back to center; equal weight on both feet. Knees remain slightly bent.

Take a long gentle inhale through your nose.
Exhale through your mouth. Have the exhale be longer than the inhale.

8. Place your left hand on your abdomen, which is your “center of power.”
Place your right hand over your left hand.

9. Keeping this hand position, repeat the sequence one time. (steps 1 – 7)

12. At the end, take an additional breath as above and then relax into natural breathing.

13. Awareness

How you feel now and what may have shifted?

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4. A necessity

Patience and repetition are key to creating new patterns of calm and balance. For a person going through a breakup, divorce or recovery from one, de-stressing is imperative. It is crucial for your well-being; for health, best decision making, clarity and emotional balance.

Wouldn’t you like to quickly calm your mind, relax your body, center yourself, elevate your mood and think more clearly?

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For tailored made techniques and/or breakups and divorce coaching, please send an email transitionscl@aol.com or call 917 8383648.  www.easiertransitions.com

Cheryl Lazarus is a Breakups and Divorce Coach, Seminar Facilitator and NLP Certified Coach. She is also trained in Gestalt Therapy and Counseling with expertise in Communication, Intimacy, Stress Management and Empowerment Practices.

Cheryl coaches clients in person in NYC and on the phone in the US and abroad
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