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.


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