1 Minute Stress Relievers

Stress flushes the body with cortisol and adrenaline, too much of which can raise blood pressure hence negatively affecting your cardiovascular and digestive systems. Sometimes it takes a while to feel really stressed out, but hopefully with these tips you can cool down much quicker than you heated up.

Here are some quick tips to keep stress away:

#1 (BY FAR) BREATHE
Take a few slow, deep cleansing breaths. Sit up straight, but not rigidly. Imagine slowly blowing your abdomen up like a balloon, moving the breath into your solar plexus, then up into your shoulders. Breathe out, consciously moving the air back out in the opposite order.

#2 RELAX

Particularly your muscles. Scan your body from the top of your head to each of your toes to monitor tension. Thinking specifically about each one leads it to relax. So say to yourself,  “head relax”, “shoulders relax”… until you do every part of your body.

#3 STRETCH
Any old stretch will do. I’m sure you have some old standbys. Just get yourself loosened up whether you’re at your desk, around the house or in the car stuck in traffic. Less muscle tension = a more relaxed you!

#4 FOCUS
Shut off that incessant chatter in your brain by focusing intently on anything: a picture, a cloud, a candle.. Now, don’t think.  Not easy I know, but if any thoughts drift into your mind just try to gently let them float by. This can really help clear your mind.

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18 comments

  1. Aw, I love these tips, Annie! Just doing a bit of leg stretching now (you inspired me) and can’t wait to fit these more into my day – I needed this reminder, thank you!

  2. It always amazes me how much better I feel after stretching and breathing. They seem like they should come naturally, but it doesn’t always work that way for me. I love this list, Annie!

    xo
    Valerie

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