A Quick Way to Relax when Stressed - dummies

A Quick Way to Relax when Stressed

By Shamash Alidina

Part of Relaxation For Dummies Cheat Sheet (UK Edition)

Sometimes stress may feel as if it’s overwhelming you. Don’t allow it to ruin your day – follow this quick-fix solution to calming down and getting back to feeling yourself again.

  1. Stop if you can. If you’re talking to someone, ask for a few minutes of time out. If driving, pull up somewhere safe.

  2. Close your eyes or just look downwards.

  3. Take a full, deep breath in, allowing your belly to expand as much as you can.

  4. Hold your breath for a few seconds.

  5. Breathe out slowly through your lips. Feel the sensation of your breath. Continue breathing like this for five outbreaths. Then let your breath become natural again.

  6. Visualise yourself in a peaceful, calm and safe place. Pretend you are actually there. Imagine the colours, sounds, smells and how it would feel to be there. Spend about a minute or so doing this.

  7. Feel the physical sensation of your natural breathing for about a minute.