On a scale of one to ten, how stressed are you? No really – be honest with yourself! When was the last time you actually took a moment to notice the tension in your back and shoulders, and to observe just how rapidly you’ve been breathing as you type away furiously at your keyboard to meet deadlines? If this sounds like you, don’t worry! Doreen Virtue is here with 5 simple steps to decrease your stress levels in an instant.
Firstly, become aware of any tension in your jaw, shoulder, stomach, or any other part of your body. If you notice any stress-related tension, stop whatever you’re doing, walk away, and engage in one or all of these positive self-care behaviours:
Close your eyes. Inhale deeply and slowly exhale
If you have a spiritual or religious orientation, say a prayer
Stretch your arms, or any other part of your body that feels tense
Journal your feelings and thoughts at this moment
Ask for a hug from a trusted person, or stroke a pet dog or cat
Adapted from DON’T LET ANYTHING DULL YOUR SPARKLE, £9.99, HAY HOUSE
Doreen Virtue is a bestselling author, clairvoyant and doctor of psychology who works with the angelic and elemental realms.