1.) Breath Like a Baby It is natural to take deep breathes in through your nose and out through your mouth, but when breathing as a baby it is the opposite. When breathing in through mouth, your belly will expand, and while breathing out through your nose, your stomach will go in as though you are pulling your belly button back towards your spine. When breathing in use a 3 to 4 count, then hold that breathe for another 3 to 4 count, then release for a 3 to 4 count, then hold the release for 3 to 4 counts. This will take practice, but you will spend a great deal of time focusing on how to utilize your breathing. This also allows time for your mind to relax and focus on breathing in life and releasing tension. For those who may be singers or play a woodwind instrument, this is the same type of breathing that you would use
2.)Talk It Out As stated before, it is easy to get in our own head and stay there. Find a trusted friend, Counselor, or group setting that allows for you to speak freely. It feels awesome being able to get things off your chest. Also, talking about it can allow you to process and resolve the matter rather than it just sitting in your mental storage and taking up space.
3.)Write On Toilet Paper Yes, I said it, write on toilet paper. Use the toilet paper as a means to write what you’re feeling or what is bothering you. It is not easy to write on toilet paper, therefore you will need to take your time. Once it is out on the paper, you are then going to put it in the toilet and flush. This signifies discarding the negativity you are feeling and relinquishing it. Once you flush the toilet, it no longer belongs to you.
4.) Tai Chi Tai Chi is meditation in motion. This art form has been linked to reducing stress, anxiety, and depression, along with improving moods.
5.) Exercise We have all been told to exercise as a means to release tension, but I am going to challenge you to continue to exercise, but slow down your pace. When you slow down while exercising, this allows for more concentrated breathing and a means to focus on the task at hand. The concentration on breathing relieves tension from our hips, legs, and shoulders which are all areas where tension is carried.