- Breathing Exercises: Deep breathing and other breathing exercises work well because they can be done anywhere and are effective in calming the body’s physiology in minutes. (Take a deep breath…don’t you feel better already?)
- Meditation: Meditation is also an extremely effective stress reliever because it calms the physiology and even helps alter brain chemistry so that, over time, you are less reactive to stress as it happens. (For more in meditation, read these articles on the benefits of meditation and different types of meditation that can be helpful to you.)
- Yoga The practice of yoga is a great stress reliever because it combines breathing and meditation, and adds an element of exercise to be a stress reliever that acts on several different levels to benefit your health. It also provides a simple way to ease into meditation, for those who find it to be a bit of a challenge at first.
For additional help with stress management, see these ongoing stress relief resources.