Simple Stress Busters! Okay, first off let's have a look at some basic 101s. If you are displaying any of the above-listed symptoms (or think your mindset is being negatively affected in some other way by too much stress), here are some simple things you might want to consider taking on board to help: 1If you drink a lot of coffee reduce your consumption or switch to de-café (or even better some healthier herbal teas). If you're drinking a lot of energy drinks, just stop. Seriously. 2 If you're drinking a lot of alcohol i.e. everyday, waking up hungover or hiding it from people, then you need to cut down. Period. In fact, you need to stop! (If you cannot stop for at least a week maybe you should consider seeking help.) 3Learn to breathe more calmly and centre yourself. In fact, if you can cultivate the habit of breathing through your nose properly, I cannot tell you how important that one thing to your health and mental wellbeing will be. It engages the lungs better, filters foreign particles, and improves oxygen circulation - to name just a few of its many incredible advantages! 4Develop a routine of relaxing activities i.e. yoga, tai chi, pilates, qigong, etc. I find yoga especially good for relaxing as it...a) Activates the 'logical mind' (the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex, parts of the cingulate cortex and parts of the hippocampus) as opposed to the 'emotional mind' (the amygdala and its connections and medial forebrain structures) - that trigger our bodies stress responses. b) Holding yoga posures also sends our body 'relaxation' signals via switches in our neck that are triggered when we bend forward, backwards, sideways, etc. c) Acts as a form of meditation.d) Can be a great workout! 5Listen to some relaxing and uplifting music* 6 Learn to mediate or even teach yourself self-hypnosis via books, the internet or a professional therapist. 7De-clutter! A messy environment usually just adds to your stress levels, and that also includes your digital environment. 8Learn to do less. Look at what actions and things you are doing that are unnecessary, superfluous or un-enjoyable and (if you can) simply eliminate them. *NOTE: Music has a VERY powerful effect on your moods. So much so that some music scales (e.g. the Locrian) were once actually banned because they were considered to be bad for society, individually damaging and, beleive it or not, even thought to be demonic! What’s nextIn the next chapter, we will be looking at how you can raise your spirits via some soul food to make you feel more mentally strong, positive and confident about yourself and the future!