Breathe deeply in and out through the nose to promote relaxation and calm.
Start to count backwards. The breaths and count don’t have to match.
Count for a minute and focus on your breathing
If you lose your place, start at 20,000 again.
How does it work? It changes your focus from the stress agent.
Rub your belly
Gently massage you belly with 2 fingers and the more you massage the greater the relief.
How does it work?
There is a sensitive pressure point two or three finger widths from the bottom rib in line with the belly button that alleviates stress when massaged.
Eat a handful of nuts
A handful of almonds or walnuts mid- afternoon keeps stress related cravings at bay.
How’s that? Stress make your body use up certain nutrients such as Vitamin B, zinc, magnesium and omega oils faster.Nuts top up levels of these nutrients. In addition, they naturally balance sugar levels, reduce sugar craving, regulate appetite and support metabolism.
Bring out your colouring books
Get back to your favourite childhood activity of colouring particularly of geometric patterns.Origami or folding squares of paper into various shapes is also absorbing, relaxing and calming.
Why? It is said to calm the part of the brain related to the fear/ stress response while stimulating the parts of the brain responsible for creativity.
Hum a tune
Singing and chanting are great stress busters. The next time you are stressed, try humming catchy tune. It provides relief in emergency .
How does it work? A combination of vocalization and vibration has a positive effect on blood pressure ,helps relax muscles, blocks out racing thoughts and makes sure we breathe more calmly and deeply.
List your good points.
Write down 5 things you are grateful for each day to help reduce stress. They can be as simple as enjoying a cup of coffee, or having good friends.
Why?.The feeling of gratitude boosts serotonin and dopamine both associated with happiness and calm.
Gaze at swimming fish
Spend time watching fish in the water.
Why? Staring at swimming fish lowers blood pressure and reduces the heart rate. It has a calming effect.
Have a warm salt bath
How does that work? Epsom saltincreases the water’s specific gravity and makes you feel light weight while helping muscles to relax.The body also absorbs the salts which helps replenish magnesium stores, a mineral that is reduced with stress.
Spring clean your house
Sell, donate or throw out unnecessary possessions.
Why? Untidy surroundings cause people to feel stressed and depressed and can cause health problems .
Listen to classical music
Take 5 minutes to tune in when you feel stressed. Close your eyes and immerse yourself in the sound.
A brisk walk around the block is the quickest and easiest way to release stress.
Talk to others
To get more ideas to cope with stress ,discuss how you are feeling with family and friends.
Why? Speaking out helps psychologically
Press to destress
Massage the inside of your right palm with your left thumb in circles Repeat on the other hand. Find the sensitive spot in the web between thumb and index finger and press down firmly, hold for10 seconds and release.
How does that help? In hand reflexology, the middle of your palm corresponds to the solar plexus reflex point which is the main area for unwinding and relieving tension.
SO, the next time you are stressed, don’t reach out for the box of sweets or the coffee. Instead, try out these strategies and see what works best for you.