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Natural Awakenings Westchester / Putnam / Dutchess New York

Tips to Relieve Stress

Tips from Dr. Laurie R. Mallis M.D., LAc, Founder of SearchLight Medical, in Hopewell Junction

Deep Breathing. Find a quiet place to sit with both feet planted on the floor and hands resting on top of your thighs. Take a slow, deep breath in through the nose and slowly out through the mouth. Focus only on your breath and nothing else. Repeat this cycle 10 times to help decrease cortisol levels, slow heart rate, lower blood pressure and quickly ground your energy.

Adult Coloring Books. By concentrating on the process of coloring, you can activate different areas in the brain that will help you to relax and recharge. It’s a great way to reconnect body/ mind/spirit. (Avoid using the coloring apps on a device; this needs to be done the old-fashioned way, with colored pencils/pens and paper.)

Take a Short Walk. At home, walk around inside or outside. At the office, take a bathroom break or find a quiet place to regroup for a few minutes. Just taking a break to walk away will help to reboot the body and promote relaxation.

Reconnect with Nature. The benefits of being outdoors are enormous. Inhale some fresh air and observe surroundings, near and far. This can do a lot to increase endorphins. If getting outside is an issue, consider bringing nature inside by growing some houseplants. This will not only improve indoor air quality, but it can also help to elevate your mood.

Take a Mental Vacation. Try a guided imagery meditation to travel to the beach, lake, mountains or wherever you prefer to go to experience rejuvenation.

Connect with Dr. Mallis: 845.592.4310;