Six Simple Steps To A Stress-free Season

Advice from the Experts at Duke Integrative Medicine

WALK IN THE MORNING
when the world is still sleeping.TAKE TIME FOR TEA
The caffeine and polyphenols in tea have the combined effect of mild stimulation and lasting calm.

BREATHE
Breathe in for 4 counts.
Hold your breath for 4 counts.
Release your breath for 6 counts.
This “UJI” breathing quickly reduces stress and calms your central nervous system.

TIME OUT
Take a break from demanding tasks
(like shopping or cleaning)
and difficult people (like that family member who rubs you the wrong way)and do something that nurtures you!

BE KIND TO YOUR FEET

Fill a bucket with warm water and add some drops of rosemary and peppermint oil.
Place a golf ball in the bucket as well.
Soak and massage your feet and calm your entire being.

PRACTICE LOVING KINDNESS
Volunteer at a soup kitchen or a local shelter and help someone who is struggling. Discover the benefits of a practice of gratitude.

What tips do you have to share?  I say:

Bake cookies.

Get lots of sleep.

Remember, this too shall pass.

And try to laugh.

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4 CommentsLeave a comment

  1. thankssssssssssssssssssss
    and love.

    • You’re welcome! And welcome back from your FUN trip.

  2. Great advice! I would add to take time to listen to music and read some poetry. Great food for the soul.

    • I like your suggestions a lot. I think I’ll post this list in my office for every-day survival!


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