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Exercises For Managing Stress

April 9th, 2024 by Janet Chen

Life is full of experiences that involve stress.  Positive and negative experiences can both be stressful.  The American Psychological Association article, “Managing Stress” says, “the stress response is a survival mechanism that primes us to respond to threats.”  Stress can impact many parts of our lives like work, family, relationships, and how our body feels.

The article talks about 5 exercises that can calm your body and help you manage stress.

  1.  Calm Yourself:  Breathe in for 4 seconds, hold your breath for 4 seconds, then breathe out for 6 seconds and hold your breath for 6 seconds.  Repeat this exercise 10 times.  Slowing and managing breathing helps reset our body.

Please see the American Psychological Association article to obtain more information about these stress reducing exercises.

Over the next week, challenge yourself to do one of these exercises each day.  It takes practice, but over time you will notice a change in your ability to manage stressors.

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