The exercises in the Stress Less Cards are divided into six themes:
- Noticing your body
When you are stressed, all the subtle signs that your body gives may easily go unnoticed. By paying more attention to your body, the stress reactions subside and you learn to recognize your rising stress levels in time.
- Focus on breathing
According to research, focusing on your breathing for even 10 minutes calms you down. The rhythm and depth of your breathing signal your body and mind that ”there’s nothing to worry about”. By combining different mental images with the breathing exercises you can increase their effect.
- Watching and observing
When you watch and observe things and your own internal world without taking a stand on it, you can shorten the distance between a stress reaction and becoming aware of it. In this way you can learn a lot about your reactions and you can start influencing them.
- Awakening positive emotions
When you make powerful visualization exercises to awaken positive emotions, it activates different parts of the brain and the brain’s stress center calms down – because the fear center and the ”good mood” center can’t be active simultaneously. By activating different parts of your brain you can influence the body’s hormone functions and experience.
- Using visualization
The body doesn’t know what’s true and what’s imagined. With help of various visualization exercises you can break away from stressful thoughts and in this way feel lighter and gain more room for better thoughts and feelings.
- Conscious action
Many mundane things you do in your busy everyday life can be taken as stress-relieving exercises. These exercises will change your attitude to some things you do automatically – and even turn them into moments that lighten the way you feel!