Stress is prevalent in most of our lives and when we see those who are relaxed we just cannot figure out how they remain so calm. With work and ever demanding personal agendas, entering any legal dispute can only pile on to an already large heap of stress. By choosing mediation however, our clients have already taken a positive step towards a less stressful legal situation.
To help calm all nerves before entering mediation and to just relieve stress in general, we have gathered five stress relieving tips to help you through mediation and every day life.
With only 24 hours in a day, taking the time to hit pause and take a second to breath can be a difficult task to accomplish. However research shows that individuals who do so significantly reduce their stress levels. Before entering mediation take 5 minutes of alone time to focus on breathing and clearing your mind. Reflect on the matter at hand and focus on the positive. Pushing pause for 5 minutes can actually save you time in the long run.
Decreasing stress, increases efficiency.
Sleep is a key factor in relieving stress. Studies show that individuals not getting the recommended 7 to 8 hours of sleep a night have weaker immune systems and high stress levels. Sometimes, even 6 hours of sleep seems like a luxury. When a full nights sleep is just not an option, naps make for a great substitute.
If you were not able to fit in a full 8 hours sleep the night before a mediation, be sure to sneak in a 30 minute nap beforehand. This will lower your stress level and leave you feeling more energized, creative, and positive about going into mediation.
Everyone understands how overwhelming stress can be and a good friend won’t mind an occasional unload. When stress hits, be sure to talk to your spouse, a good friend or a friendly coworker. This helps to reduce the levels of cortisol in the body which produces stress.
Before mediation make sure to establish a firm support group. Regardless of the outcome, having a friend to talk to after the process of mediation can make the experience more positive and thus more beneficial.
4. Framing the Issue:
As mentioned above, there are some people that seem to remain calm no matter what the circumstances, but nobody keeps it together all the time. Some people have just mastered positive utilization of energy.
When a stressful situation occurs, take a second to evaluate how significant the problem actually is. Ask yourself questions such as, “Is this going to matter in three months?” or “How crucial is it that I handle this issue right away?” Putting such issues into perspective will not only help you manage your stress levels but will also provide you with useful skills to take with you to the mediation process.
Being able to frame issues and determine their importance will help the mediation process move along smoothly without too much time spent on less important issues.
Finally, sometimes the only solution to relieving stress, is escaping it all together. Calmer people tend to take advantage of all vacation days. Turning of cell phones, lap tops and disconnecting from the rest of the world is the best way to reset or refresh from a stressful period in your life.
A vacation may just be the extended meditation time you need. After using the stress relievers described above going into and during mediation, try this last tip coming out of mediation.