ToolKit

Simple techniques to relieve stress.

Many of us are experiencing chronic emotional distress, feeling isolated and overwhelmed. I’ve spent years collecting and experimenting with simple stress management techniques – drawing on the latest thinking in wellness, mindfulness, neuroscience, positive psychology and energy medicine. Most of these tools can be used any time to find ease and enhance your well-being. Here are a few of my favorites for you to test and keep for your own tool kit.

BUTTERFLY HUG

This technique was developed by Lucina Artigas (an EMDR therapist) who worked with survivors of a 1998 hurricane in Mexico. It’s a great way to soothe your nervous system any time you feel anxious or stressed.
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GROW GRATEFUL

Gratitude activates neural activity on the positive side of the brain, helping develop pathways that highlight happiness. Thousands of studies have shown that a simple gratitude habit renews appreciation, blocks negative emotions and builds resilience.
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BLOW IT OUT

Deep breathing activates your parasympathetic nervous system. This easy technique will help you feel calmer, more grounded and clear-headed.
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S.T.O.P.

This is a core method used in the practice of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction. It helps you become more present, keep stress in check, and find the space to respond – rather than automatically react – to tough situations.
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TRY TENDERNESS

Most of us are harder on ourselves than on anyone else, but science shows that self-criticism is counter-productive. Being kind to yourself can turn it around by activating a powerful feel-good hormone.
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Body Scan

This mindfulness meditation will help you tune into your body, become grounded in the present, and feel less frazzled.
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