3. Turn your gaze outwards. Instead of focusing on everything you have to do and the things that are causing you stress, cast your gaze outwards. Look out a window, people watch, notice any birds or clouds within view. Allow yourself to daydream for a few minutes.
4. Remember 10. Before responding in a stressful situation when you may be angry or flustered, pause and count to 10. Allow yourself the time to process the information and form an appropriate response. Also ask yourself, "On a scale of 1-10, how big of an issue is this?" By taking a step back and giving a situation some perspective, you can help control your response and stress level.
5. Turn on the tunes. Music is proven to have a soothing effect on emotions. If you are unsure what kind of music helps calm you down, try some instrumental and classical music. Play the radio in the car, turn on a playlist when you're in the shower or getting ready to go somewhere or pop in some earbuds while you're prepping for a presentation.
By making time for mental vacations that only take a few minutes every day, you can train yourself to relax, reduce stress, and improve your overall health.
Kettering Health Network is a faith-based, not-for-profit healthcare system. The network has eight hospitals: Grandview, Kettering, Sycamore, Southview, Greene Memorial, Fort Hamilton, Kettering Behavioral Health and Soin.