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Stress Relief Techniques

Recently, I learned about a new technique to help someone who deals with stress and anxiety. Emotional freedom technique (EFT) is a form of tapping treatment to help with physical pain and emotional distress. According to the developer, “a disruption in energy is the cause of all negative emotions and pain.” It is one of many techniques that you can perform to help take all your negative energy and learn to cope with stress and anxiety in your life.

 

Click HERE for a link to a video on EFT.

 

Here are other great techniques to use to reduce stress:

 

  1. Breathing
    • This is a great technique to help you learn to take long, slow, deep breaths. You can try belly breathing or the 4-7-8 technique. Focus on each breath you take to help calm your mind and body.
  2. Body Scan
    • This technique you want to relax and focus on each body part or muscles, starting with your toes and moving up to your head, to help relieve any physical tension you may feel. It can help boost your mind-body connection.
  3. Guided imagery
    • Any time you feel stressed, try to picture soothing places or experiences that will help you calm your mind and feel relaxed and focus on something less stressful. This can help you have a positive outlook on yourself and things going on in your life.
  4. Mindfulness
    • Mindfulness is a new type of meditation that can help you focus on what is happening in the present and not have any concerns what may happen further down the road. It’s great to stay present in the moment now and not dwell on what’s to come.
  5. Yoga, Tai Chi
    • Participating in yoga or Tai Chi is a great way to bring all your focus away from all distractions that may come up in your life. Yoga and tai chi can help increase your flexibility and balance while you calm any nerves you have.
  6. Repetitive thoughts
    • Repeating important positive thoughts, about what is stressful, while focusing on each breath can be beneficial. Anything you have to say whether it’s out loud or in your mind can help you work through it and relieve any concerns you have.

 

After learning about EFT tapping, I plan to try it on my own time. It is great to learn new techniques that may be beneficial to dealing with stress. I encourage you all to try this new technique and any of the other techniques provided for you here.

 

Source: https://www.healthline.com/health/eft-tapping#treatment

https://www.health.harvard.edu/mind-and-mood/six-relaxation-techniques-to-reduce-stress

author: Kara Schwinke