Ways to Reduce Stress & Soft Belly Breathing Technique

13 Ways to Reduce Stress:

1. Ask yourself what you can do about the sources of your stress. Think through the pros and cons. Take action where you can.

2. Keep a positive, realistic attitude. Accept that although you can’t control certain things, you’re in charge of how you respond.

3. Stand up for yourself in a polite way. Share your feelings, opinions, or beliefs, instead of becoming angry, defensive, or passive.

4. Learn and practice relaxation techniques. Try breathing exercises, meditation, prayer, yoga, or tai chi.

5. Exercise regularly. You’ll feel better and be more prepared to handle problems.

6. Eat healthy. Avoid too much sugar. Focus on fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein. When you’re stressed, you’ll probably want less-nutritious comfort foods, but if you overdo them, they’ll add to your problems.

7. Try to manage your time wisely.

8. Say no, where you can, to things that would add more stress to your life.

9. Make time for hobbies and interests.

10. Get enough rest and sleep. Your body needs time to recover from stressful events.

11. Don’t rely on alcohol, drugs, or food to help against stress. Ease up on caffeine, too.

12. Spend time with people you love.

13. Talk with a Behavioral Health Specialist or take a stress management class at Affinia Healthcare for more help.

Stress won’t disappear from your life. And stress management isn’t an overnight cure. But with ongoing practice and incorporation of resiliency into your lifestyle, you can learn to manage your stress level and increase your ability to cope with life’s challenges.

And don’t feel like you have to figure it out all on your own. Seek help and support from family and friends. You may want to ask them what stress-relief techniques have worked well for them.



Don’t wait until stress has a negative impact on your health, relationships or quality of life. Start practicing a range of stress management techniques today. Click on the “download audio file” bar below to hear and practice a Soft Belly Breathing Techinque by Dr. Kernan.


Sources: Dr. Thomas Kernan, WebMD, Mayo Clinic