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Life can be stressful. One of the best things we can do for ourselves is create healthy habits to preserve our mental sanity. Here are things I do that you can try too.

 



PRAYER/MEDITATION
When I’m having a moment the first thing I do is pray. In addition to prayer, I meditate and use scriptures and affirmations like, “positivity is my new normal,” to get myself through moments. I also use HeadSpace, a guided meditation app, for daily mindfulness and have explored services like Still Going, that offer meditation with a live coach.

YOGA
When I really need a break I turn to Yoga Nidra. It’s guided meditation that leads you into a deep sleep-like state of relaxation. It’s practiced lying down in a dim room with blankets, eye pillows, and other props to make you comfortable. I prefer the studio and the energy it gives, but you can also practice at home thanks to all the Yoga Nidra videos on YouTube.

WRITE
I’ve written for as long as I can remember. In moments of happiness, sadness and everything in between. One of the best ways to release is putting pen to paper. Whether it’s in a journal, on a blog, a letter, or an email sent to self, writing always helps.

BREATHE
Sometimes I don’t have a moment to disappear at work so I’ve turned to breathing techniques to relieve stress. The easiest one is the 4-5-6 pattern. You inhale through the nose for 4 counts, hold your breath 5 counts and exhale slowly through your mouth for 6 counts. Repeat until you’re back to your usual centered, calm self.

Christen N. McCluney is a social media strategist and freelance writer based in Washington, D.C., writing on love, spirituality and wellness.  You can follow her on her blog Simply Christen and on Twitter.



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