Stress is a natural human response that prompts us to address challenges in our lives. Everyone experiences stress to some degree. Stress makes it difficult for us to relax and can come with a range of emotions, including anxiety and irritability. The way we respond to stress is what that makes a big difference to our overall well-being.
1. Go for a Walk: Put your phone away and focus on your senses and your environment. Pay attention to the sounds, colors, and the smells around you.
2. Breathing Technique: In this exercise you'll match how long you breathe in with how long you breathe out.
a. Sit comfortably on the floor or in a chair.
b. Breathe in through your nose. As you do it, count to five.
c. Breathe out through your nose to the count of five.
d. Repeat several times.
e. Once you feel comfortable with breaths that last five counts, increase how long you breathe in and breathe out. You can work up to breaths that last up to 10 counts.
3. Coloring and drawing: Try doodling on a blank page or coloring in a coloring book.
4. Music: Make or find a playlist of songs that are relaxing and easy to listen to. They can be classical or instrumental. These songs should help refocus your thoughts — the genre is up to you.