Suggested by John West –  

May 23, 2019 – 

1. Remove yourself stressful environments — and breathe

This is especially helpful when you find yourself stuck in a stressful environment. If you’re in a group participation setting, kindly excuse yourself and step out of the room for some fresh air (preferably somewhere outdoors). Then, close your eyes and focus on your breathing.

Studies have found that the gentle rising and falling of the breath can stimulate parts of the brain responsible for creating a sense of calm tranquility. If you’re in a situation where you’re unable to step away, do your best to ignore the surrounding chaos and just focus on your breathing. … 

2. Spend time in nature

Spending time in nature can help relieve anxiety and improve your mood. One study found that it only takes 20 to 30 minutes of walking outside (several times a week) to alleviate daily stress.

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