Source | Forbes : By Michele Wojciechowski, Next Avenue Contributor
Dr. Deepak Chopra may be able to help.
Chopra, the internationally known author, speaker and founder of Jiyo.com (a site on personal and social transformation), has taught everyone from Oprah to average people how to reduce stress. The first thing to remember, Chopra says, is that everyone is different. What works for one person may not work as well for another. That’s why, he says, it’s important to figure out what works for you and concentrate on doing it.
1. Just Breathe
That said, Chopra notes: “I think that one tip that works for anyone is to take a short breathing break. Just sit quietly and pay attention to your breath or do a deep breathing exercise. There are many apps right now that you can use to guide you with breathing exercises.”
2. Be ‘In the Moment’
When you begin doing breathing exercises, they automatically make you be “in the moment.” Often, Chopra says, we are stressed because instead of concentrating on what we’re doing right now, we’re worrying about our jobs and our relationships or feeling threatened in some way. To reduce this stress means to stop these thoughts.
“Breathing is the beginning of what is called ‘mindfulness practice,’ which means to be mindfully aware of any activity you’re engaged in or even just observing yourself as you do the activity so your mind doesn’t wander,” explains Chopra. “If you’re at work, pay attention to what you’re doing — listen to the keys clicking on your computer keyboard or really pay attention to a conversation you’re having or information that you’re reading.”
3. Focus on One Thing at a Time
In our busy world, many people love to multitask because they believe it helps them get more done. According to Chopra, though, multitasking can actually make you feel worse.
“The conscious mind can only do one thing at a time. So when you think you’re multitasking, you’re actually switching from one thing to another very fast,” says Chopra. “For example, if I’m checking my text messages or my email and I’m speaking to you at the same time, I’m actually doing neither. I’m just switching from one to the other, and that messes up neural networks. In fact, it’s the one thing that gets worse with practice. The more you do it, the worse you get.”