Stress Busting

Stress busting techniques such as yoga and meditation are used by millions of people around the world to stay calm.

We live in such turbulent times where even turning on the TV can send blood-pressure shooting off the scale and stress busting techniques are badly needed.

We are constantly bombarded with words and images that instil fear and terror into our hearts. My way of dealing with it is to avoid watching real-time TV and reading newspapers. 

I only watch light-hearted programmes that I have recorded so I can skip mind-numbing ads and the intrusion of very bad news at regular intervals.

We are constantly bombarded with words and images that instil fear and terror into our hearts. Click To Tweet

Stress busting techniques have now become an almost essential part of everyday life.

For me, stress busting means a short drive to the beach, where I sit very close to the sea, with nothing in my field of vision except the sea.

Nothing else reaches my ears except the roar and crash of the waves. Giving my eyes and ears a rest from the images and noise of 'civilised' life in an increasingly crazy world seems to give my mind a rest too.

Sometimes, when I sit watching the undulating and endless body of water surging backwards and forwards at the command of a moon more than 250,000 miles away, I fantasize about slowing it down and it helps me relax. It helps me slow down my own thoughts and heart rate.

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The sea - a calming influence

One day, when I was sitting cross-legged on the shore, right in front of the endless (and free!) stress busting sea, it crossed my mind that I am extremely lucky to live so close to it. Then I started thinking about people who live further inland and how far they would need to drive to use the stress busting technique I take for granted.

So I made a film of the sea that I like to lose myself in. Well, not literally! Oh, and I slowed it down too. I even use this film myself if I can't get out.

If you need to find a stress busting technique that is as simple as sitting back and getting lost in the sight and sound of the sea - try watching this short film. It may not be for everyone, especially if you live near a much warmer, bluer sea!

If you need to find a stress busting technique that is as simple as sitting back and getting lost in the sight and sound of the sea - try watching this short film. Click To Tweet

However, for people who are stuck in a big city most of the time, this film may have some stress busting benefit. For anyone who watches the film through to the end, do let me know how it made you feel. Did it make you feel relaxed?

 

8 comments

  1. Gilly! I am certain I had signed up to your blog several months ago, and had been waiting for part two of one of your segments on blog dos and don’ts, and wondered why it never came. Now I know. Clearly I did something wrong or didn’t even sign up like I thought I did (I do that sometimes…think I’ve done something when in fact I haven’t). Anyway, I am really signing up this time for real! I absolutely love your blog and the topics you write about.
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    1. Hi Sandra, yes I know what you mean – I don’t find it easy of
      Keeping track of what blogs I follow. The issue you had may be something at my end. Thanks for your message. 🙂

  2. Gilly,
    Thanks for sharing the You Tube ocean video! I also love spending time near water when I can. I live in the desert southwest USA however, so it means traveling. I listen to meditation CDs – often of the ocean and rainstorms – very soothing. I also relate to your comments about television advertising. I notice myself getting “sensory overload” much more quickly when watching TV. Happy Holidays!
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    1. Hi Jill – lovely to see you here and thanks for commenting. The desert must have its own virtues I am sure. I would have to travel a very long way to find one! Yep – TV is just too much for so many of us. A mass brainwashing tool. Just off to see Simplify – thanks again. And thanks for email which I will answer shortly.

  3. That is a pretty powerful video Gilly. The water seemed very vigorous. It must be nice to live so close to the sea and to be able use this force of nature to relax. The seagulls reminded me of the movie “Jonathan Livingston Seagull” do you remember that was all the rage in the early 80’s? Hope you make some more relaxation clips from your beautiful neck of the beach.
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    1. Thanks Judith. Oh my goodness yes Jonathan Livingston Seagull! I have the book but never seen the movie – it might be on Youtube – will look. I may well make some more short movies because I need the practice – probably will start using a tripod to keep the films less wobbly! Thanks for your encouragement. Am looking forward to going over to your expo post from Toronto. See you there!

  4. That was lovely and soothing–I think just the sound of the ocean even without seeing it can be very peaceful. I remember the first time I slept in a house near the ocean and could hear the waves.
    I don’t live near the ocean but I do work across the street from a university campus that’s also a national arboretum with more than one hundred different tree species and many old and very lovely trees. Just taking a walk across it is a great way to deal with stress.
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    1. Thanks Christopher – I appreciate your visit and comment. I would love to live so close to the sea that I can hear it from my bedroom – at the moment I am about 3 miles from the beach so I can’t quite hear it! Yes – trees are very relaxing in that same powerful way as the sea. I always feel so relaxed and energised while being surrounded by huge trees. Am heading over to you next to see what being under the bough of mistletoe brought you!

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