Stress is the number one killer. Ongoing bad stress lends its ugly face to creating mental and physical health deterioration, not to mention the reduction of how happy you are able to be on any given day. I say bad stress because some stress is good; it spurs us into action and is one deep exhalation away from excitement which can be a lot of fun.
When you practice PORRC, you become more mindful. When you become more mindful you will:
- Become more successful
- Have more energy
- Be able to focus better
- Have more creativity
- Improve your immune system
- Enjoy a better appreciation for life
- Have increased inner peace
- Enjoy improved relationships
- Relieve stress, depression and anxiety
- Have better self-awareness and self-trust
- Feel happier, healthier and more effective in life
What is PORRC?
Pause and breathe often and especially before you open your mouth to speak or take an action that could affect yourself or others in a negative manner. A pause can be a minute or longer, but will provide you with the space that can mean the difference between you living life or life living you.
Fully take in what is going on around you and inside you in this present moment, without judgment. Just watch, listen and otherwise experience what is going on around you.
Become curious about your observations, not judgmentally, but with interest. You will notice what opportunities are presenting themselves. True, some opportunities are not so much fun, such as the opportunity to practice patience by getting stuck in traffic. But freaking out about it does nothing but shorten your life span, so reflect on your choices with an open mind.
Pausing, observing and reflecting gives you the chance to respond instead of react. Reaction is an impulsive reflex, responding is purposeful and keeps the big picture in mind. For example, The lady in front of you is driving slower than molasses, reacting would be flying off the handle and possibly yelling or gesturing at her. Responding would be to consider maybe she is lost and just pass her at the next available opportunity without increasing your stress level over something as unimportant as a temporary inconvenience.
Core Values (C)
List the top three core values that you have and live from the spot that respects those values when you pause, observe, reflect and respond. Not only will you respond in ways that are more authentic to what you hold dear, but you will be less apt to end up dealing with regret, guilt or shame.
Practice PORRC today and see how it improves your life.