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  • Writer's pictureLeslie Boyett

10 Ways to De-Stress

Updated: Aug 6, 2020

Here are some quick and easy ways to alleviate stress.

Ride the waves through the calm and the storm.

Stress relievers

1. Deep breathing

Breath in through your nose for four seconds. Hold your breath for four seconds. Breathe out through your mouth for six seconds. Repeat the cycle five to ten times.

2. Find five things

Take a moment to find five things around you that are your favorite color.

3. Go for a walk

Physical movement instantly releases endorphins that help relieve physical tension.

4. Pray or meditate

Take a few minutes to connect with your higher power or connect to nature.

5. Go to your happy place

Sit in a comfortable position, close your eyes, and imagine being in the most comforting space possible. It could be on the beach, in the mountains, or in the forest. You can imagine going wherever you want to go.

6. Cuddle up

Find a soft blanket or pillow. Lie down and gently stroke the fabric on the pillow or blanket for five minutes.

7. Give a hug

Hug someone or hug yourself. Allow yourself to become wrapped up in the embrace for a minute and feel the warmth.

8. Silly faces

Look at yourself in the mirror and smile. Make silly faces until you find yourself laughing.

9. Go outside

Nature has a calming effect. Sit under a shady tree or sit on the porch and smell the falling rain. Immerse yourself in noticing the sights and smells around you.

10. Go cell phone free

Remove yourself from your cell phone for ten minutes and find a quiet place to reflect.

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