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Use your five senses to soothe stress
Looking for a new stress-busting strategy? Engaging your senses of sight, smell, touch, hearing and taste may help.
Try these tips to see which of your senses help you soothe your stress. Then use them as inspiration to come up with your own stand-by stress-busters.
EASE STRESS BY ENGAGING YOUR SENSES
Sight. Feast your eyes on nature—outdoors or in a photo.
Smell. Experience aromatic essential oils, such as lavender or lemon.
Touch. Squeeze your thumb and forefinger together.
Hearing. Play some peaceful music.
Taste. Slowly savor warm tea, reflecting on every sip.
How much do you know about managing stress? Take a quiz.
- American Psychological Association. "11 healthy ways to handle life’s stressors." https://www.apa.org/topics/stress/tips.
- HelpGuide. "Quick Stress Relief." https://www.helpguide.org/articles/stress/quick-stress-relief.htm.
- Mental Health America. "Create Joy and Satisfaction." https://www.mhanational.org/create-joy-and-satisfaction.