One of the most important lessons I ever learned about stress management was routine.

In what sense?

Well, I found that most people have a routine in their lives... they get up, they eat, brush their teeth, go to work and so on.

The same routine happens day after day.

But it is this routine that sometimes adds stress to their lives - acting in ways and talking in ways which add stress rather than relieving it.

What I coach my clients to do is to start to get into a routine of doing positive exercises and tools.

Exercises like meditation, breathing techniques, physical exercise, eating well, sleeping well...

And these exercises start to replace the old conditioning and patterns, those patterns which are causing the stress in the first place.

Well, I was listening to a talk by Jack Canfield the other day who was talking about this subject and I thought that I would share the power of routine with you.

He told the story about Nasa and an experiment that they carried out a few years ago. Nasa conducted an experiment whereby they asked a group of subjects to wear concave glasses for a period of 30 days. These glasses made the test subjects eyesight become reversed - their world literally turned upside down!

The test subjects had to wear these glasses 24 hours a day - eating, sleeping, showering...

The amazing part about this experiment was that after about 25 days an amazing change happened. The test subjects eyesight corrected itself. The concave lenses were still on but their brains switched their eyesight right side up again. Amazing...

Another test was carried out to verify the results whereby half the test subjects took the glasses off for one day after 15 days.

What happened was that the subjects who had taken their glasses off took another 25 days from day 15 before their eyesight corrected itself. In effect because they had broken the routine it took another 25 days before their eyesight changed.

What this experiment highlights for me is that if you want to make amazing changes in your life then you have to stick at it. You have to stick with your routine. If you have started meditating, then do it for at least 30 days consecutively to see the most benefits.

Trying it for a day or two is good but in order to retrain the brain and your conditioning you must stick at the routine and keep going.

Put a calendar up and mark off the days when you meditate, stop smoking, stop eating chocolate, or stop giving yourself a hard time so you start to hold yourself accountable for your actions.

And when you do this? This is when the magic starts to happen.

I hope that you have a wonderful day and start to live the life of your dreams,

Be well,

Piers Cross