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Mini Anti-Anxiety Toolkit: For Those with Little or No Time (to read or do)

The most effective of the quick tools--all can either be done while you're doing something else or will only take a few seconds. And if you do a little, it can help you feel a little more calm, a little less anxious. If you do a lot...well, you'll feel that much better.

"It is amazing how much how little will do." Hugh Milne

Scroll down if you want a little more info on each one.

1. Ahhhhhhhhh...

2. Humming

3. Jiggling

4. Horselips

5. Feel your feet

6. Yawning

7. Gratitude

8. Laughing

9. Smiling

1. Ahhhhhhhhh...

  • basically a big sigh

  • longer (gentle) exhale than inhale

  • sends a message of safety to the brain

  • can be whispered for privacy

  • even better when done looking at the sky

2. Humming

  • whatever random notes you want

  • or just one note

  • feel the vibrations move through your body

  • kind of like a cat's purr

3. Jiggling

  • wiggle and shake (all body parts that don't hurt)

  • rapidly (100+ times/minute)

  • make it into a dance

  • have fun!

4. Horselips

  • bbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbb...

  • looser than a raspberry

  • helps loosen tension in the face

  • helps you get past feeling like "I can't!"

  • silly

5. Feel your feet

  • brings you back into your body

  • brings you back into the present where you have resources

  • calms you down

6. Yawning

  • increases oxygen

  • stretches & relaxes head & face muscles

  • more juicy fluids (tears & saliva)

7. Gratitude

  • shifts awareness

  • boosts immune system

  • reduces depression

  • improves self-esteem

8. Laughing

  • relieves tension and stress

  • decreases stress hormones

  • improves immune system

  • is fun

9. Smiling (it's worth faking it--here's how)

  • lift up the corners of your mouth

  • keep your teeth apart

  • wrinkle the outside corners of your eyes

  • wait a few seconds...feel a bit better?

  • improves immune system

  • improves mood

  • lowers blood pressure

Oh, and did I say? Most, if not all, of these things can help strengthen your immune system, by reducing stress if nothing else.

Until next time,


Photo credits:

Sharon McCutcheon, unSplash

Yerlon Matu, unSplash

Daniel Lincoln, unSplash

Caroline Hernandez, unSplash


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