The ‘stop, drop, and float’ method to stress-management

Image: Luke Porter

Here’s how this works…

Something we deem as ‘bad’ happens.

Our thoughts about it filter through consciousness, bringing the experience to life.

Since we don’t see it as thought (changeable), and instead see it as circumstance (unchangeable), we start to stress.

This leads to more dysfunctional thoughts, emotions, etc. — all of a sudden, we’re laying in the fetal position on the floor in a scattered heap of Cheetos as we yell to Siri, “Siri — search for Eckhart Tolle on YouTube!” to bring us back into the ‘Now’ (or is that just me?).

Here’s my message today:

Don’t try to ‘fix it’ from there.

When we’re in a low-mood state, it means we’re in a low state of consciousness from crappy thinking.

Trying to ‘fix ourselves’ from this place just means adding more shitty thoughts to the heap of dysfunctional thoughts we’ve already amassed.

When you’re feeling stressed, don’t fix… Float.

See, when you’re stressed, you’re like a cork that’s being held down by dysfunctional thinking.

Stop thinking. Drop the thoughts. Release your grip and allow yourself to float to the surface. You’re not ‘doing’ anything. It’s an undoing you’re after here. You’re not trying to figure anything out, you’re just… releasing.

When we calm our thinking, we can gravitate to a higher level of well being.

Our stressed emotional state (or any other negative emotion, at that) is like the warning light on our car telling us that something’s wrong.

Trying to tackle the stress directly is like taking a sledgehammer to the warning light in your car, trying to fix the problem.

The problem isn’t the light. The problem is what’s causing the light to turn on (in our case — our dysfunctional thinking, which is lowering our level of consciousness).

So, when you’re stressed, don’t fix the stress. Stop. Drop. And float.

If you do this, your mood WILL change. Your level of consciousness WILL rise. Your stressful thinking will vanish into the ether of which it originated, and your innate wellbeing will return.

That’s when you can take action.