Think Spring: 3 Steps to Quickly Managing Stress

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Life is full of modern day stressors. Whether it’s financial, relationship, work, or health related, it can permeate every cell of your entire being. We all experience stress to some degree. Some days or weeks are more stressful than others. It’s really how we cope and manage the stress that matters. Here are three small actions that you can do at any time to help relieve your stress.

  1. Just breathe. Take a deep breath of air so that it fills up your belly. I consider this breath new energy. Hold it for three seconds. Then exhale all of the air out and any remaining toxins that you’ve been holding onto. I like to repeat this mantra (saying) for myself as I inhale and exhale. “Breathe in love. Exhale peace.” You can create your own mantra.
  2. Become present. Tap into all of your senses. Look around. What do you see, hear, smell, taste, or touch?
  3. Visualize grounding yourself. Imagine a tree so deeply rooted into the earth that it is unshakeable by wind, rain, hail, or snow. Imagine yourself as this tree. Your feet are so firmly planted on the ground that no matter what life throws at you, you too are unshakeable.

The best way to describe anxiety is that you are taking past events and worrying about it in the future. You can come up with so many “what if ” scenarios in your mind.

Anxiety can also come in the form of taking past events and replaying it over and over in your mind. This creates a “storm of worrying” that can take over your mind and body, rendering you helpless, paralyzed, and powerless.

When this occurs, just breathe. The only thing you can truly control is the present moment. Next, put your thoughts in the present. This will break the cycle of anxious thoughts related to the past and future. Trust you have the skills to handle it. After all, you’ve made it this far in life and that’s quite an accomplishment! Last, visualize yourself as unshakeable. Always come back to your core values. When you know who you truly are and what you stand for, you can weather any storm. Remember, every storm shall pass.

Written by Anhchi Ly, MS, Health Coach/Behavioral Health Clinician
Anhchi earned Master’s degree in International Disaster Psychology from the University of Denver. Anhchi is the Team Lead for the Telephonic Counseling and Health Coaching programs in the Behavioral Health and Wellness department. Anhchi’s passion is to empower those with chronic health conditions achieve a balanced mind, body, and spirit. Anhchi has been with Denver Health since 2013.