It’s a daily exercise where we ask ourselves deep questions. Waters adds:
“Questions like: What is my connection to our world? How can I serve? Who am I, beyond the labels I've given myself? When we stop at asking ourselves the self-ish questions—"What do I want to be when I grow up and how much money can I make?"—we condition ourselves to identify with things and attachments that are fleeting. The questions need to shift to How can I be rather than What can I be. We ask the questions and then consciously create a space and stillness for those answers to arise. This kind of mindful self-exploration is a way to very much tune into what we authentically want for ourselves, our families, and our resource of time. The process of understanding ourselves on a deeper level is actually about the honoring of our lives and our connections. Clearing the clutter and making more space for what's real and meaningful."
7. Keep a journal or write poetry.
There is something to be said for emotional writing. It’s cathartic. It’s a way to make sense of a world beyond our control. Reader’s Digest has a great article on the topic. Writing poetry might also release bottled-up emotion. It worked for me the other day when I wrote this poem, The Blues.
8. Take up yoga.
According to the Mayo Clinic:
“Yoga's series of postures—some with names from nature—and controlled breathing exercises are a popular means of stress management and relaxation. Today, yoga classes teaching the art of breathing, meditation and posing are offered nearly everywhere—from trendy health clubs in big cities to community education classes in small towns to hospitals and clinics.”
In the article Spirituality and stress relief: Make the connection, the Mayo Clinic reported that spirituality has many benefits for stress relief and it can help you feel a sense of purpose, connect to the world, release control, expand your support network, and lead a healthier life.
Exercise also has some direct stress-busting benefits; it pumps up your endorphins, it’s meditation in motion, and it improves your mood.