by Conner Spinks, CLEAR Counselor
Life is stressful and sometimes, it’s hard to deal. Here’s some tips on ways to calm your mind and deal with stress:
Perform diaphragmatic or “deep breathing” exercises.
- Lie face down on the floor and begin breathing deeply and slowly, with your hands resting under your face. Do this for five minutes.
- Sit in a reclining chair. Put a hand on your abdomen and a hand on your chest. As you breathe, make sure the hand on your abdomen is moving up and down rather than one on your chest. If the hand on your abdomen is moving you are breathing deeply and slowly.
- Try progressive muscle relaxation or “deep muscle” relaxation. Progressively tense and relax each muscle group in your body. Learn the difference between muscle tension and relaxation.
- Meditate. Use visualization or guided imagery to help you learn to be one with your thoughts. Sit quietly with your eyes closed, imagining the sights, sounds and smells of your favorite place, such as a beach or mountain retreat.
The CLEAR program goes over ways of dealing with stress and much more! In addition, every session you attend you will receive a $10 gift card. If you are interested in seeing if CLEAR is for you, contact Conner at 515-248-1584.