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Your physical surroundings are only part of what can help you live with ease.  The largest component is your brain health and your ability to manage stress.  As someone who was diagnosed with generalized anxiety, I personally know first hand about this topic.  I saw this list in Mind over Matter magazine and want to share it with you.

Your physical surroundings are only part of what can help you live with ease.  The largest component is your brain health and your ability to manage stress.  As someone who has been diagnosed with generalized anxiety, I personally know first hand about this topic.  I saw this list in Mind over Matter magazine womensbrainhealth.org/mind-over-matter-magazine and want to share it with you.  

Yoga at Home

Mindfulness Meditation

Find your zen with mindfulness, even if it is just for a few minutes a day.  Mindfulness is simply a form of meditation that involves bringing your attention to the present moment and noticing sensations and thoughts as they arise without judgment.

Deep Breathing

Deep breathing helps to slow your self down and regain your composure.  Taking controlled inhales, and then slow, steady exhales, is physically relaxing and helps to release feelings of anger and fear.

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Exercise

You do not need to run for miles to enjoy the stress-busting benefits of exercise.  Moderate-paced walking can reduce tension and anxiety, in addition to providing a number of other health benefits. 

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Journaling

Writing down your feelings is a great way to analyze emotions rationally and objectively.  It clears your mind and helps you process complex issues.  Mindful writing can help you track your mood and energy level and helps to reduce your anxiety.

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Listening to or playing music

Music can be medicine for your mind, with benefits ranging from memory improvement to stress relief.  Research suggests that listening to music reduces anxiety, blood pressure, and pain, as well as improves sleep quality, mood, mental alertness, and memory.

Creativity

Pick up a pen or a paintbrush, start small, and let your creative power run wild.  Creative activities are therapy for the mind, relieve stress, renew brain function, and improve our mood.

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Hobbies

The next time you feel bored or stressed, skip spending time in front of a computer or television screen and pick up a hobby such as gardening, photography, cooking, or volunteering to make some significant improvement to your wellbeing.

Pets

Pets calm us down, boost our immunity, improve our heart health, keep us moving, and enhance our social life.  Being present and engaged with your pet helps to take your mind off of the issues that are troubling you.

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Tree Hugger

Nature

Exposure to nature is not only enjoyable but can also help us improve our focus and ability to concentrate, all while reducing our stress.  Some people even practice forest bathing to ease their mind and help them relax.  If you do not have time to get outdoors, houseplants and flowers are a great way to bring nature inside.

Relaxing your tongue

People often hold tension in their tongue without really being aware of it, and when we are stressed, many of us manifest this tension by pressing our tongue against the roof of our mouth.  Relaxing your tongue helps release stress , and can also help you fall asleep faster.

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Rhythmic Activities

Walking, running or rowing are great rhythmic activities.  These repetitive movements readjust your focus and relieve stress.  You can also drum on a table with your hands or aa couple of pencils.

Progressive muscle relaxation

Practicing tensing and then releasing each of your muscle groups such as your neck or shoulders to release tension.  If your body is physiologically relaxed, then it is more difficult to be stressed.

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Reading

Reading can actively encourage the imagination, providing an escape from life's everyday stresses, at least temporarily.  It really does not matter what you read - one study found that if you read six minutes a day, you might lower your stress by as much as 68%.

Massage

A good massage may boost your brain by triggering the relaxation response, slowing the breath, and causing a dip in blood pressure, heart rate, and the hormones that can cause stress.  Massage can also modulate serotonin to combat anxiety and depression.

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Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy is the use of naturally extracted aromatic essential plant oils to promote physical, mental, and spiritual health.  Scents can lift your mood and help you feel calmer and more energized.

Bath or Sauna

The warmth of a bath or sauna stimulates blood circulation, which helps total relaxation of the body and mind.  Ensure that you drink one full glass of water before and after taking a hot bath or using a sauna to avoid dehydration.

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