Reduce Your Stress Right Now With One Exercise

Do you find yourself constantly stressed out? Looming deadline at work? Housework piling up? Expecting a baby? Planning for your child to start school? Trying to improve your income and professional status? Can’t calm your mind down?

Whatever it may be, a clouded mind and schedule is affecting your overall wellbeing.

While you might not be able to clear your schedule or chores, you can improve one thing. Your mindset.

How can you improve your mindset?

Stop, List It, Breathe

First, stop what you are doing right now and try this mind RESET.

Write down all of the things that are clouding your mind right now on a piece of paper or a list in your phone. Put it to the side.

Next, sit or lie down.

Place one hand on your rib cage and one hand on your chest.

Relax your eyes, relax your jaw, relax your shoulders.

After reading the following, close your eyes and try this breathing technique.

Inhale and fill your ribcage for 4 seconds. Hold your breath for 4 seconds.

Exhale four 4 seconds. Hold for 4 seconds.

Set a timer. Repeat this style of breathing for one minute.

After you finish this breathing exercise, take a look at your list and circle the most important thing you need to cross off the list next.

Lastly, tell yourself that most, if not all, of the things on your list are NOT an emergency. Pick one thing and focus on it until you can scratch it off the list.

Move on with your day. Repeat as needed.

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