How to Decrease Stress Instantly

Stress vs. Distress

Finding Calm

  1. Firstly, ground yourself. I mean that both figuratively and literary.
  2. Sit down and sit back in a chair or sofa, or really anywhere where you can get comfortable.
  3. Now take a couple of deep breaths in through the nose and out through the mouth.
  4. Next, close your eyes as you breathe out through your mouth. During this out-breath “sink” into your seat and then start breathing normally again.
  5. Note all the places where your body comes in contact with something else; your feet on the floor, your back on your chair, your hands and arms on your lap or armrest, or anything else that you note. Just note it and feel it.
  6. Continue to breathe normally and think about what’s going on around you before focusing on yourself again; What can you smell? What can you hear?
  7. Now gently shift your attention to yourself again. In particular, pay attention to the movement of your abdomen as you breathe in and out. Count to ten following the rhythm of your breath.
  8. Now take another deep breath in and one last breath out and open your eyes again.

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