e-Wise Woman: Health tips for women on the go | Issue 3 | Summer 2012

Stress Less!

Anytime Eye Tension Reliever

Close your eyes and put your palms directly over your eyes. Block out as much light as possible without putting too much pressure on your eyelids. Try to visualize the color black, like a black cat or black fur.

After two to three minutes, slowly open your eyes and experience the sense of relaxation in the muscles that open and close your eyes.

5-Minute After-Work Stress Buster

We’re often moving so fast, we don’t take the time to transition from one activity to another – we’re not “present.”  Try this quick exercise to help you become more aware and increase positive feelings.

When you get home, take a minute to breathe deeply and focus on the present moment only. After you’ve relaxed completely, recall or picture something positive you did during your workday. Then picture receiving an award to acknowledge your good work. This exercise will bring the good to mind and put closure on your workday.

Source: Five Good Minutes in the Evening: 100 Mindful Practices to Help You Unwind from the Day and Make the Most of Your Night, by Jeffrey Brantley, MD and Wendy Millstine, New Harbinger Publications

Source: The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook, Martha Davis, PhD; Elizabeth Robbins Eshelman, MSW; and Matthew McKay, PhD; New Harbinger Publications

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