The power of mindfullness

Posted by Maria Lennartz on Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Here are some practical tips on how to effectively reduce the stress hormones cortisol and adrenaline, by making small changes that don’t take any time.

1. Breathe

When you feel stress creeping in, notice this with kindness and simply take three deep breaths (the belly kind) and drop your shoulders as you breathe out. Go on, give it a try, you know it will make you feel better.

2. Smile
When you feel stressed or frustrated, notice this and smile. It feels counterintuitive but a smile (even a fake one) reduces negative emotions and increases your happy chemicals.

3. Stand tall
The more space your body takes up,
the higher your testosterone levels. The higher your testosterone levels, the more confident you will feel. So unwrap your legs and your arms, look up, broaden your chest and shoulders and give yourself a confidence boost.

4. Have a mantra
Write down a short and sweet mantra and put it in a place where you see it a few times each day. Every time you see it, it will put you back on a positive track.

5. Give your brain a break
When you are working on something, remind yourself that if you ‘take 5’ you ‘win 50’. Giving your brain a break makes you so much more effective and efficient, it will be worth it.

6. On the road
Put your commute time to good use by spending a few minutes doing a mindfulness exercise. It reduces stress.