August 8, 2020

Humbled Females: new forum reply to Stress reduction strategies

New reply from emergingessence

<p><span class="s2">@ daisy,</span></p>
<p><span class="s2">Stress reduction is very important, I agree. Great share, thank you. The list is a good one… I especially like using the yogic breathing method. I also found the “dive response” in regards to the facial ice bath, interesting. That explains why diving is so relaxing, and also why people with hypothermia are so calm lol.</span></p>
<div class="wps_wp_editor_quote">Are there other stress reducing strategies you get your female to use? Or your Master gets you to use? Or you come up with yourself (maybe this is an area where our previous discussion of not being complacent can come into play?)</div>
<p><span class="s2">this may sound silly, however, that video you shared on changing habits has been a life changer for me. That’s the only thing I can seem to pinpoint the shift I’ve had, back to. Not only has it given me a long-term goal (learning to commit to things), it has also helped me create short-term goals (the habits themselves). Why would something like this possibly reduce stress? Because it has given me a purpose that is achievable anywhere at any time… and in my eyes that feels like still moving forward (which for some reason seems to be an important feeling). </span></p>
<p><span class="s2">From the moment of beginning to make those changes, so many seemingly insignificant, unrelated things began to shift within my mindset. Which brings me to now. </span></p>
<p><span class="s2">Lately something has shifted a lot. An attitude adjustment, creating a clarity of sorts. Not something I can explain really. How it came about seems too simple and perhaps will seem ridiculous, however, I simply realised that I was tired of letting my mind run away with itself, so I made a decision to not allow it to. Now, with whatever comes up, I acknowledge it, and sit with it for a short time to process the feelings… but I don’t wallow in it. I feel only that moment, and don’t allow my mind to dredge up a collection of stories to dump on top of the moment to make it worse. It seems to be working a treat. </span></p>
<p><span class="s2">Somehow the biggest gift I have gained from that video is an understanding that I can control how I respond to my thoughts. Because of this realisation, stress has become something that ebbs and flows so much more naturally, rather than a switch that gets stuck on. </span></p>
<p><span class="s2">Hopefully this all makes sense :/ although I’m not sure if any of it is useful as a “guide” to help anyone else. </span></p>
<p><span class="s2">I too have been doing activities that help tremendously and work much better as a list that others can use :D… </span></p>
<p><span class="s2">Diet is usually the first place I look if I’m feeling stressed. Carbohydrate and caffeine intake are the first things I’ll assess to see if perhaps my consumption of those has crept up. Caffeine really messes with my system, so I rarely have it. After diet, I look at exercise. Am I moving at least once a day? Getting sunshine? Walking barefoot outside to feel grounded and feel the earth? </span></p>
<p><span class="s2">Sleep patterns is another thing… making sure I’m sleeping enough. </span></p>
<p><span class="s2">Hydration. Water is important.</span></p>
<p><span class="s2">Going for a bike ride alone out in the forest helps my mind… the concentration required to read the track helps to distract my “monkey mind,” allowing the opportunity to process all of the other thoughts that float around in there playing havoc, or if there’s nothing playing on my mind, it’s just a beautiful relief from overthinking. This has helped immensely, in so many ways. </span></p>
<p><span class="s2">Of course there is also always meditation. Tried and tested. A classic for a reason.</span></p>
<p><span class="s2">Yoga </span></p>
<p><span class="s2">Colouring, arts, crafts, playing instruments.</span></p>
<p><span class="s2">Reading.</span></p>
<p>“Non-doing” also… coming back to a place of gratitude. Remembering to just experience and “be” in the moment as much as possible. Listening to the birds. Appreciating what I have. Giving to others. Being kind. Remembering that we’re all going through this, and we will all cope as best we can.</p>

Original Post by _daisy_

Stress reduction strategies

<p>There are some interesting strategies here to help females deal with stress. (It's not directed specifically at females but they seem particularly relevant as do the coping mechanisms they help to avoid: getting lost worrying, procrastination, food, and anti-anxiety drugs.</p>
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<p>This one in particular caught my attention:</p>
<div class="wps_wp_editor_quote">fill a large bowl with ice water, set a timer for 15 to 30 seconds, take a deep breath and hold your breath while dipping your face into the water. While this isn’t conventionally relaxing, it will slow your heart rate, allowing blood to flow more easily to your brain. I love watching my clients try this over our telehealth calls and seeing firsthand how quickly this shifts their perspective. Just being willing to do this, I tell my clients as they prepare to submerge, is a way to practice being flexible.</div>
<p>Practicing being flexible seems like a useful skill for a submissive female and being willing to do things they might think will be unpleasant. </p>
<p>I'm interested in others' thoughts on this and the other strategies.</p>
<p>Are there other stress reducing strategies you get your female to use? Or your Master gets you to use? Or you come up with yourself (maybe this is an area where our previous discussion of not being complacent can come into play?)</p>
<p>Making efforts to regulate our emotions seems helpful.</p>

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