5 Steps to Lower Stress

If you’re feeling stressed, overwhelmed, or anxious, hit the pause button, and try one of these calming tips.

It’s always a good time to learn some techniques to influence emotions, engage in self-care, and decrease stress.

These evidence-based exercises can bring you towards balance by decreasing the stress response and calming the body and mind. Everything is connected—the thoughts you think are related to the feelings you have and the sensations in your body. Slowing down your breathing helps to slow down your mind and body.

Start with Steady Breathing

Using a breathing exercise can bring you towards balance by decreasing the stress response and calming the body and the mind down.

Destress Tips

Everything is connected—the thoughts you think are related to the feelings you have and the sensations in your body. Slowing down your breathing helps to slow down your mind and body.

Count with Box Breathing

Slow down with Self-Holding

If you’re feeling stressed, overwhelmed, or anxious, try “self-holding.”  

When caught up in the swirl or chaos of big feelings, expectations, or events, take a few moments to be still and quiet

Be still with Grounding

When caught up in the swirl or chaos of big feelings, expectations, or events, take a few moments to be still and quiet. This could be in the form of prayer, meditation, journaling, or simply sitting in stillness and noticing what you notice. Think of it as allowing the snow to settle in the snow globe. 

Release tension and Engage your Muscles

If you are able, find something to engage your muscles (try 12 repetitions)

Hold this pose long enough to notice your muscles engaged.

Notice how it feels. Notice any changes. Take some deep breaths.

These techniques are not a magic bullet, but rather a direction of action that builds toward a more present and sustainable life.

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