CONTROL YOUR BREATHING
Controlled, deep breathing lowers blood pressure, prompts the release of endorphins, and calms the nervous system
- RELAX YOUR MUSCLES
Progressive muscles relaxation (PMR) Reduces cortisol, releases physical tension, and helps with insomnia.
- GO OUTSIDE
Just 20 minutes outside is enough to reduce stress levels. Even viewing nature scenes increase serotonin and boost happiness.
- MINDFULNESS MEDITATION
Anxiety tends to be a future-oriented emotion. Mindfulness meditation helps to stay in the present, not the future or the past.
Yoga teaches us how to accept discomfort. It also slows heart rate, reduces blood pressure, and slows aging
- POSITIVE AFFIRMATIONS
Repeating positive affirmation to yourself such as, “this too shall pass” helps to shift negative thinking patterns
- CHALLENGES THOUGHTS
Thoughts are not facts. Challenges your thought when you begin to over-generalize focus on the negative or jump to conclusions
- ENGAGE YOUR SENSES
Name 5 things you can see 4 things you can touch, 3 things you can hear, 2 things you can smell and 2 things you can taste
- TAKE A SHOWER/BATH
Hydrotherapy is a powerful stress- reliever. Imagine all your worries draining away with the water
- KEEP A JOURNAL
Keeping a journal is one sure way writhing whatever comes to the mind, in turn, letting things shift from your congested mind to the less congested journal