• It is extremely helpful to recognize and name tension in the present moment.
  • Locate the tension in your body.
  • Direct your breath to the area of the tension.
  • When possible, verbally acknowledge the presence of tension. Recognition and acknowledgement go a long way toward helping manage tension.
  • Notice and name any emotion associated with the tension. Typically, fear will be the emotion affiliated with tension and occasionally, anger or sadness.
  • Interrupt any catastrophic thinking. You likely will neither be fired, be abandoned by your family nor die in the next hour.
  • When possible, move your body gently, avoiding freeze and shallow breathing.
  • When the tense incident has passed, explore when you first experienced such tension in your life.  It can be extremely helpful to separate the historical situation from the current one.

Leave a Comment