Easy Ways to Ease Stress

Practice these tried-and-true tips to ease stress. 

Breathe deeply and slowly for one minute.

Try doing the unpleasant task for only five minutes. Stop after five minutes if necessary. However, you will often find that you are motivated to finish the task.

Affirm that I will not “should” on myself today. Shoulds put unnecessary pressure on us.  Instead, strive to make a good effort.

Imagine a white light filling you with peace.

Try aromatherapy using lavender essential oil.

Listen to soothing music (like Native-American flute)

Pamper yourself with a bubble bath or massage.

Savor a favorite food slowly and mindfully.

Get moving. Only a few minutes will boost mood.

Worry well.  Focus on what is in your control.

Consider forgiving someone who has hurt you. Prepare a list of reasons.

Write down 3 things for which you are grateful.