I’ve really never been under too much stress. But still, there’s one interesting thing that has always made me cheerful and happy whenever I have felt stressed out and glum.
It is a strange and simple stress management activity – not an exercise, not a hypnosis CD, but it has always made me feel good and happy. Always.
The activity is: Expressing Unconditional Love.
Whoa! What does that have to do with stress? I don’t know. But it’s helped.
Once I was feeling okayish and muddled. A mixture of sadness and overwhelm. I opened http://www.123greetings.com and sent a nice little greeting to a friend. Then I opened a site that sent virtual gifts – selected a one million dollar mock gift and sent it to another friend. I suddenly felt so happy! I mean, I don’t know how to explain it – but I DID feel happy!
Just today, I was walking on the Mumbai Railway over-bridge feeling okayish and full of thoughts. I saw a woman in tattered clothes sitting on the side. I ignored her and started descending the stairs. Suddenly, I thought – why not buy her a samosa? So I went downstairs bought 2 samosas – one for her and one for me, went back upstairs and gave it to her. When I was descending the stairs again, I wasn’t feeling full of thoughts and muddled – I was feeling awesome – at least for a while. :)
One fine day not long ago, I went to the mall to eat. I was feeling a bit muddled and down. I suddenly had a brainwave. I went to a gift shop in the mall – got small, interesting gifts like notepads and scissors, and smiley balls packed for my friends, mom and dad and mailed the gifts to them with a letter! For NO reason! And in an instant I was feeling UP-UP!
Truly though, I haven’t really faced terribly stressful situations in my life – so I don’t know if this will always work. But what I can guarantee is this – as soon as you express unconditional love in ANY FORM – you will instantly feel AWESOME. No doubts. :) And if you are feeling awesome, how can you be stressed?
You see, I think it is the state of mind you have that is making you stressful rather than the load of work you’re doing. So if you are feeling awesome, you can do a lot of work and feel rocking too!
Anyway, please do try this unconditional love method and tell me if it reduced your stress levels. Tell me here! Say, “I love you.” Or send a gift. Or give someone a hug. Or _____________, _______________, ___________ :)
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