To use your senses to quickly relieve stress, you first need to identify the sensory experiences that work best for you. This can require some experimentation. As you employ different senses, note how quickly your stress levels drop. And be as precise as possible. What is the specific kind of sound or type of movement that affects you the most? For example, if you’re a music lover, listen to many different artists and types of music until you find the song that instantly lifts and relaxes you.

Explore a variety of sensory experiences so that no matter where you are you’ll always have something you can do to relieve stress.

Sight

• Look at a cherished photo or a favorite memento.

• Enjoy the beauty of nature—a garden, the beach, a park, or your own backyard.

• Close your eyes and picture a place that feels peaceful and rejuvenating.

Smell

• Light a scented candle or burn some incense.

• Smell the roses—or another type of flower.

• Spritz on your favorite perfume or cologne.

Touch

• Wrap yourself in a warm blanket.

• Pet a dog or cat.

• Soak in a hot bath.

Taste

• Indulge in a small piece of dark chocolate.

• Sip a steaming cup of coffee or tea or a refreshing cold drink.

• Eat a perfectly ripe piece of fruit.

Movement

• Dance around.

• Stretch or roll your head in circles.

• Go for a short walk.

Sound

• Listen to uplifting music.

• Tune in to the soundtrack of nature—crashing waves, the wind rustling the trees, birds singing.

• Hang wind chimes near an open window.

The examples listed below are intended to be a jumping-off point. Let your mind run free and come up with additional things to try. When you find the right sensory technique, you’ll know it!

This blog was submitted by Santa Fe Healthcare Network Member, Sharon Tolleson, a BEMER Distributor