With the right amount of air, the balloon will retain its perfect shape and soar high in the sky. But what happens if we add more than it can withhold- it will burst and lose its purpose!
Like the balloon, we will “burst” too if we do not learn to manage our stress. Inevitably, we experience different intensities of stress every day, so good stress management helps prevent stress from snowballing into bigger emotional, psychological and physical health problems.
Have you heard of emotional check-in? This mindfulness practice helps us slow down, be aware of our feeling and evaluate how we are feeling lately and whether we are coping as well as we can. Begin by taking a deep breath – inhale through the nose, hold it for a few seconds, and then exhale through the mouth. Continue this breathing process and ask yourself these questions: 1) How am I feeling today? 2) What’s been worrying me lately? 3) What am I doing to bring myself joy? 4) Who do I have in my corner that is ready to support me? After checking in, do whatever we and our bodies may need at the moment.
We may feel awkward and uncomfortable in our first attempt, and that is absolutely normal! New things take time, effort and practice. If you think seeking mental health professional will help you better, don’t be afraid to take the step. Always remember that no matter what, there are people who care for you and you can do this!