August 9, 2020

Humbled Females: new forum reply to Stress reduction strategies

New reply from .willow.

<p>"Making efforts to regulate our emotions seems helpful." </p>
<p>I agree. </p>
<p>In fact, I think its key to a happy life. Regulating our emotions means we don't "throw them up" onto other people. How many people in our lives do we know that come down on us as individuals because something was off in their world? We can be empathetic, but it still stinks to have to deal with sometimes. </p>
<p>Don't laugh, but my stress reliever is hand washing my dishes. Its only myself and my half pint right now so we don't produce enough dishes to warrant the use of the electronic dishwasher. And honestly, I'd probably only use it in a pinch even if we did have enough dishes. While doing dishes, I focus on what I'm doing and that which is right in front of me. But at the same time, its  not mentally tasking enough that I can't reflect on whatever has caused me to stress out. </p>
<p>And if its a DOOZY of an issue, I bust out the blue dawn dish soap and white vinegar and spot clean my carpet on my hands and knees. </p>
<p>The article talks about pacing our breathing, cooling down, etc. I suppose you can say I subconsciously perform these actions while I'm cleaning. I've never really thought too in-depth about my process before. Thanks for sharing the article!</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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