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How To Relieve Stress With A Personal 911

Even when you are happy and trying to create a better life for yourself, not everything will go smoothly. There are always moments, situations, and experiences that stress and upset us. These are the times we need a personal 911.

Has something stressful or upsetting happened to you recently? Maybe it was a fight with a good friend. Or maybe you had to tell a family member they did something that hurt you. Maybe you started a new job. It could have been the loss of a loved one or a change in a relationship.

What can you do to help yourself during those times? How can you calm yourself until you gain more perspective to effectively deal with the situation? You can use your personal 911!

What Is a Personal 911?

911 is the phone number we in the United States call when we have an emergency and need help fast. It does not matter what type of emergency it is. We simply dial 911. The 911 dispatcher sends the police, fire department, or medical responders. 911 is an easy and effective emergency system.

But what about when you have a personal “emergency?” You can’t call 911 just because you’re stressed, jarred, upset, anxious, angry, or afraid. They can’t provide relief for those things. However, you can call your own personal 911.

Your personal 911 is a sentence, phrase, or word you say to yourself during stressful times. It should be something specifically for you to say to ease and calm you down. Your 911 should be simple and easy so you can use it anytime and anywhere.

You simply choose your word or phrase and use it as your first, immediate response when you are stressed and upset. As soon as you realize you need personal emergency help, you simply say your personal 911.

Your personal 911 will provide some quick relief, reduce your stress, and calm you down. Once you’re calmer, you can then take whatever additional actions are needed to help yourself and to deal with the situation.

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Personal 911 Examples?

I have my own personal 911. Often I get upset or frustrated when things go wrong. Then I become anxious and start feeling overwhelmed, even frustrated.

Instead of getting stressed and upset I take a breath and say, “I choose peace.”. I keep saying this to myself repeatedly. After a few times of repeating those words, I am able to shift my attention from the thoughts that were upsetting me to more soothing, calm thoughts.

Does it make my problem disappear? No. However, I was able to think calmer than I had been. It allows me to feel better and less overwhelmed. I am then able to continue tackling my problem calmly.

Here are some examples of simple personal 911 words:

  • I choose peace.
  • I choose love.
  • I choose serenity.
  • I choosehappiness.
  • I choose love over fear.
  • Everything is perfect.
  • All is well.
  • God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.

While saying your personal 911, you may want to practice deep breathing. Even just taking a deep breath can help tremendously.

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Getting Started With Your Personal 911

Here are some suggestions for you to try.

1) Choose your 911 now.

I know you have heard others say “I can hardly think straight!” Science has now shown that, in fact, we can’t think clearly under certain conditions. When you are overwhelmed with feelings and physiological stress responses you’ll have a very hard time figuring out how to help yourself.

Having your personal 911 prepared and ready will help. Then, if you find yourself amidst a stressful situation, you won’t have to figure out what to do — you can simply recite your personal 911!

2) Choose something that will work for you.

There is no universal personal 911 that will work best for everyone. Your personal 911 should speak strongly to you. It should be powerful and meaningful enough to you that it will calm you. It should shift your attention, and switch your perspective.

3) Use it!

When you’re feeling stressed or upset, use your 911. Repeat it over and over, like a mantra. Don’t let the stress or the circumstances of the situation take over.

Start using your personal 911 with the simple things that may cause stress for you. Then you can build your ability to use it when times get truly challenging and stressful too.

Final Thoughts About Your Personall 911

Your personal 911 is a simple tool to add to your lifeskills toolkit. You can quickly and easily call on it when you’re in situations that challenge you. Using your personal 911 will reduce your stress, calm you, and allow you to more effectively respond to the situation.

Don’t wait any longer. Decide your personal 911 today and be ready next time a stressful situation knocks on your door.

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