#bethinkFull Stress Relief Tips

thinkFull is a stress management app that provides daily wellness tips. It was created by Telus in partnership with mindyourmind and other partners.

smartphone with thinkFull app on screen

Here are some stress relief tips:

  • Ask for help if you need it. Stress can keep building and sometimes you need someone to help guide through it.
  • Gratitude is an important part of resiliency. Take a minute to think about 1-2 things you’re thankful for.
  • Write down any concerns to clear your mind. This can help before bedtime so you don’t get stuck thinking the same worries.
  • Try to be on time and prepared for an obligation today. This may help you to feel less stressed.
  • Take a chance on someone you trust and try being vulnerable with them. Great relationships are based in truth and trust.
  • Breathe slowly and deeply for a couple of minutes. Put a hand on your stomach and focus on slowing down your breathing.
  • Think of 3 simple things that make you feel good. It could be a food you like or reading a book. Give yourself time to do them.
  • Organize something—your desk, your notes, your music—try to think about only the task at hand for a few moments.
  • Invite a friend to coffee and discuss whatever’s on your mind. Current events, good memories, or concerns you want to chat about.
  • Create a daily to-do list. What’s your top priority? What steps can you take to lead you towards those goals?
  • Post little notes of your strengths in a place where you can see it. Add to it as you discover more about yourself.
  • Meditate. Sit up straight with your feet flat and close your eyes. Focus on and repeat a positive phrase in your mind.
  • Go to a funny movie, or chat with a friend about a memory that was really funny. Relax in the moment, laugh loudly.
  • Keep a notebook for ideas on-hand. You never know when inspiration will strike, or you want to remember some-thing for later.
  • Ask someone for their opinion or advice about a situation. Seeking social support from other people can be helpful.
  • Do 10 jumping jacks. This will increase the circulation in your body, raise your heart rate a bit and help you refocus.
  • Doodle on a page. Make a flowing design that calms you rather than one that matches your emotions.
  • Find a smell that comforts you. Whether it’s a cup of coffee or a lavender-scented cloth, breathe it in and relax.
  • Lose yourself in a daydream. Day-dreaming actually has benefits to the mind—giving us a brief moment to relax or rest.
  • Fill a jug with water to drink through-out the day. Dehydration can affect mental and physical performance.
  • Write 3 things that you like about yourself. Think about what you are good at and praise yourself.
  • Reduce the amount of caffeine in your day. Too much can increase anxiety. Don’t forget caffeine is in chocolate and pop too.
  • Disconnect from your technology. Focus on being present in the moment without distractions and interruptions.
  • Sleep is very important to our physical and mental health and 7 hrs/night is recommended. Try going to bed 1/2 hr earlier each night.
  • If you are feeling spread too thin, try saying no to the next request of your time. Limit where you focus your energy and time.

Source: MindYourMind.ca