Monday Morning Boost: 3 Tools to Relieve Stress and Anxiety

Monday Morning Boost: 3 Tools to Relieve Stress and Anxiety

Here are three very simple and easy tools you can use to Gain the Red Edge when you’re feeling anxious, stressed, or feeling down.

1) Use the 5 to 1 Technique.

The 5 to 1 technique is counting backwards… 5-4-3-2-1. This technique allows your brain to catch up and do a mental reset. This is a simple mental strategy we can use to focus our thoughts in a healthy direction. It’s incredibly intuitive, as you’ll see, and it has the power to dramatically impact your life.

2) Quick Exercise.

It doesn’t really matter what exercise you do, doing something is the key. Even if it’s something you do in just 2-3 minutes. If stress or anxiety hits in the middle of the night, quiet exercises like planks or push-ups work really well. The way exercise can help reduce anxiety is because it pushes blood to the brain which is a healthy way of reducing the feelings of stress.

3) Classical Music.

Listening to classical music, even if not your preferred music style, can help relax your brain. I’ve found picturing something beautiful and serene while listening, like gently floating in a hammock watching a spectacular sunset, helps accelerate and accentuate the relaxing process. One of my favorites classical pieces to listen to is Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring.

Try one of these simple and easy tools next time you’re feeling anxious, stressed, or down.

Have a great Monday! Thanks for letting me share.


p.s. Take 13 minutes today to relax while listening to Aaron Copeland’s Appalachian Spring. 

Feature Photo By: Chris Thompson

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