Complete your stress cycle

Instructions

  1. Practice breathing.
    A simple exercise is to breathe in to a slow count of five, hold that breath for five, then exhale for a slow count of ten, and pause for another five. Do that three times—just one minute and fifteen seconds of breathing. 
  2. Interact with people.
    Casual but friendly social interaction is a good way to make your body feel safe. You can simply say ‘thanks’ to your siblings or compliment your friends. 
  3. Show your affection.
    Kiss your partner, hug someone you love, or pet an animal. 
  4. Cry your heart out.
    Crying releases endorphins which ease both physical and emotional pain, ultimately relieving stress. It does not change the situation that caused the stress but completes the cycle. 
  5. Engage in creative activities.
    Taking part in painting, writing, storytelling, and other creative activities can lead to more energy, excitement, and enthusiasm. 

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