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Your reaction to stress may feel automatic at times. But what if the next time you felt stressed, you reacted in a way that calmed you down, helped you feel better, and renewed your energy? With practice, these healthier responses can help you in the short term and in the long term.
Here are some ideas you can try.
Give yourself something else to think about by listening to a song or a guided meditation.
Soak in a warm bath. Read a book that inspires you.
Do something with mindful attention. Take time to brew a cup of tea. Feel the warmth of the mug. Hear the whistle of the kettle. Smell the fragrance of the tea. Taste the flavor.
This can help turn it into a habit, so you can rely on it when you need it. Depending on how much time you have, here are a few suggestions. When you have:
If you're ready to start trying new ways to react when you're stressed, you might think about these questions. They can help you get started. Write down your ideas.
Current as of:
June 16, 2021
Author: Healthwise StaffMedical Review: Heather Quinn MD - Family Medicine
Current as of: June 16, 2021
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Heather Quinn MD - Family Medicine
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