We can also self-soothe by taste, and it needn’t be anything more than a small treat. A small bit of something delicious can uplift your mood when dealing with a stressful moment.
Next in self-soothing with the senses is hearing. Some studies have shown that birdsong may help us feel safe. Your favorite music can promote relaxation. There are tons of options available for finding a mix of sounds that can help … Continue reading
Self-soothing is another great skill for stressful times. We can use our senses to reduce the intensity of negative emotions. We’ll start with sight. You can count the number of places you see a certain color in the room. You … Continue reading
The R in IMPROVE stands for Relaxation. Things that promote relaxation are important tools for navigating ongoing distressing situations. Whether it’s the square breathing we’ve posted previously here, or another relaxation promoting activity like walking or yoga, taking a nice … Continue reading
Square breathing is a relaxation exercise you can use to relax before bed, reduce stress at work, calm down after a stressful situation or when feeling anxious, prepare for a stressful situation, and more. It can be done anywhere! How … Continue reading
Relaxation helps counter the physiological effects of the fight-or-flight response, which we can find ourselves experiencing in anxious states. Progressive muscle relaxation helps reduce muscle tension associated with anxiety. To practice this skill, sit comfortably with your eyes closed. Working … Continue reading