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Self-Calming Techniques to Retrain Your Brain

The stresses of everyday life can pile up on us, causing reactions and symptoms that can make it feel like it's taking over our entire bodies from head to toe. But we can retrain our brains to react to stress differently and change destructive thought patterns. Self-calming techniques are a way to stop and reverse the causes and symptoms of stress. These techniques have been shown to benefit physical and mental health, plus derail damaging trains of thought.

Self-calming

Add self-calming exercises and activities to your daily routine to de-stress with our seven every-day tips.

Practice progressive muscle relaxation every night at bedtime.

Remove distractions from mealtimes, including television, cell phones, tablets, and computers.

Remember to do relaxing breathing techniques before major meetings and presentations when you're feeling overwhelmed at work.

If you attend a religious service, arrive at least 10 minutes early to reflect on the week, and practice breathing gratitude.

Play calming music while tackling bill paying and budgeting tasks.

Encourage a family member or friend to join you at least once a week for a nature walk, yoga class, or other relaxing activity like getting together for coffee or lunch.

Get to know each emotion. Be mindful of how you're feeling at any given time, so you know which technique to use and move through your stressful moods quicker.

And don't forget hobbies. The hobbies you enjoy in your free time can help move your mind away from harmful thoughts toward a more peaceful place.

Turning Point has helped tens of thousands. Please explore our website for our toolbox resources, and for other self-calming tips.

Understanding self-calming

Take the self-calming quiz

  • True – The fight-flight state decreases immune function, making it harder to fight off disease.
  • False – The fight-or-flight state should subside once the danger goes away, giving the body time to recover. If it doesn't stop, our bodies begin to break down.

Self-calming toolbox

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