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3 Simple Strategies To Reduce Stress

Updated: Dec 7, 2021

Stress is part of our everyday life - whether it's a deadline at work, a death of a loved one, injury or illness, marriage, or even traffic while driving to work. The goal isn't to eliminate it but rather to manage it and choose healthier options. Here are three simple strategies to help manage your stress.

Walking

The Mayo Clinic states that exercising pumps up your endorphins, reduces the negative effects of stress, and improves your mood. Starting small with a walk can get you moving in the right direction.


If you like walking, here are some ways to keep it interesting:

  • Listen to music - classical, rock, pop, and so on.

  • Play a game - count how many squirrels you encounter.

  • Take a photo - of yourself, of the grass, of a tree.

  • Create a challenge - hit a certain amount of steps, time, etc.


Breathing

WebMD suggests several techniques, including deep breathing, breath focus, equal time for breathing in and breathing out, progressive muscle relaxation, and modified Lion's breath. My favorite technique is box breathing.

  1. Breath in and slowly count to four.

  2. Hold your breath for four seconds.

  3. Exhale for four seconds.

  4. Repeat until you feel re-centered.


Writing

Harvard Health Publishing states the process of writing may enable those that have experienced traumatic events to learn to better regulate their emotions. When I write, whether it's a blog post, book, news article, or even journaling for myself, I escape into the creative world. When words can flow and writing can captivate my attention, I flee from the world of stress.


If you're new to journaling or writing down your thoughts, here's a JOURNAL acronym to help you get started.


  • Jot down a list of topics.

  • Brainstorm as many topics that you could write about and order them by your favorites or one that inspires you at that moment.

  • Open your mind.

  • Some of these topics might feel uncomfortable to write about or bring up other emotions. Open your mind to play with words and express yourself.