It may seem obvious when you’re enjoying the holidays, that sights, smells and tastes are a big part of the experience. But what is happening with your senses in times of stress?
You are probably narrowing your focus. This is common during challenging situations, emotional and physical. It means that you are probably only paying attention to the stressful situation or task -- and nothing else.
Take an Alexander Technique tip to the rescue! When you’re feeling stressed:
- Check in with yourself about whether you’re seeing, smelling, tasting, and hearing what’s around you.
- Notice your whole body in three dimensions between your head and toes, back and front, left and right sides.
When you mindfully check in with our senses, you open your focus, the body relaxes, and your enjoyment can be resotred.