Stress is to complicated to put in a nice little box and tie it up. But this card is a reminder of some simple techniques that may help you with stress.
First you take one minute of slow deep methodical breaths. (Unless you have health issues and your doctor would not want you to do this.) Breathe in through the nose, hold to a slow count of about three or four (which ever is comfortable for you), then slowly release your breath though slightly pursed lips. Do these slow and rhythmically. If you are in a place where you can close your eyes this helps also, (Obviously not while driving, operating machinery or equipment of any kind, or any other activity that requires your eyes to be in use.)
Secondly while you are taking these breaths let you mind go through the good things that have happened recently. These can be things that have happened to you, people you care about, or even world events. As you wrap up your minute of breathing speak aloud at least two things for which you are grateful.
Finally do this exercise at least three times a day.
Use this card to…
- Remind yourself of the blessings all around you
- Alert yourself to your need to address stress quickly and not let it built up
- Practice quick techniques to relax yourself in a variety of settings and conditions
- Train your mind to expect to relax quickly by doing these exercises frequently