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Stress Relief Tool – Disassociate In A Movie Theater

Disassociating from a negative event in your mind can help you get much-needed stress relief.

We’ve all had those encounters with people that are stressful – arguing with another person and the negative emotions that linger long after the argument is over. If you have recently had such an event, and you are still being bothered by the negative emotions that came from it, disassociating from the event in your mind can help you get much-needed stress relief.

The process is as follows:

  1. Close your eyes and imagine yourself with that other person, in the same environment in which the negative encounter happened.
  2. Once you have that situation in mind, rate the score of your emotional charge from a scale of 1 (low) to 10 (high).
  3. Next, imagine yourself sitting in a movie theater, watching a movie of you and that other person having that negative encounter.
  4. Once you have that visualization in mind, once again rate the score of your emotional charge from a scale of 1 (low) to 10 (high). You will likely have a lower score than before.
  5. If your score is still higher than you like, now imagine yourself in the projector room looking at yourself sitting in the movie theater watching the movie of you and that other person.
  6. Once you have that visualization in mind, rate the score of your emotional charge from a scale of 1 (low) to 10 (high). You will likely have an even lower score than before.

The reason this technique works is that when we associate into the experience, such as in step 1 above, we have access to all the feelings of that experience. However, when we are disassociated (outside the experience), such as step 3 above, the feelings will be less intense. And by using double disassociated, as in step 5 above, that reduces your emotional charge even more.

So the next time you are experiencing negative emotions from an encounter with someone, imagine yourself in a movie theater and enjoy the stress relief that comes from it.

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Professor Pete Alexander
Professor Pete Alexanderhttps://petealexander.com/
An accomplished business professional with over 35 years of sales, marketing, educational and entrepreneurial experience, Professor Pete Alexander hosts the popular Winning at Business and Life 7-minute leadership podcast focused on successful business leaders and their insights. He is also the President of the greatest interior landscaping company in the San Francisco Bay Area - Office Plants by Everything Grows. In addition, he helps people more effectively deal with their stress because, without your health, nothing else matters. This was a very hard lesson for Professor Pete to learn, and he is proud to have successfully battled the negative effects of stress head-on and developed the LIGHTEN™ stress management model that motivates you and/or your team to take action in only a few minutes per day. After learning the stress management techniques he facilitates, participants can better protect their health and handle challenging situations with grace and success.

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