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Got Stress?

Life is stressful! We asked CSCVVSB Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction instructor Catherine Baum for some easy ways to relax and let go. She gave us this wonderful list of simple things that can really help you deal with stress. Now, go relax!relax sand

  1. Take a nap or soothing bath with soft fragrance such as lavender
  2. Find a quiet corner and curl up with a good book
  3. Watch a funny movie
  4. Make a paper airplane and sail it across the room
  5. Get a massage
  6. Enjoy an occasional glass of wine
  7. Start a small garden or grow a beautiful plant indoors
  8. Watch a favorite TV program. relaxing hammock kitty
  9. Go for a walk.  The Navajo say to “walk in beauty.” Pay attention to the sights, sounds, the actual feeling of the body moving, touching the ground.  Breathe deeply.

10.Start a collection

11.Listen to your favorite music

12.Play with a pet

relaxing pupper13.Look at water (ocean waves, lake or fountain)

14.Watch clouds in the sky

15.Put your head down on your desk and close your eyes for 5 minutes

16.Rub your hands together until they are warm and put them over your eyes

17.Vigorously shake your hands and arms for ten seconds

18.Call or check in with a friend or family member

19.Go to a vacation spot in your mind

20.Crumble paper into a ball; use a wastebasket as a hoop

relaxing bear21.Look (really LOOK) out the window for 5 minutes

22.Write a letter (that doesn’t have to be sent) or journal

23.Turn off the TV or radio.  Let yourself enjoy the quiet.

24.Change your clothes, wear a color you really like.

If one thing doesn’t work for you, try something else.  Search until you find something you like.

The Cancer Support Community Valley/Ventura/Santa Barbara offers free programs to help people affected by cancer manage stress. Call 805.379.4777 or visit for more information.

Catherine BaumCatherine Baum has been teaching MBSR continuously since training in Rhinebeck, New York in 1993.  Her extensive teaching experience includes teaching for private medical groups, the County of Ventura, United Way, El Camino College, Boy Scouts of America, The Cancer Resource Center of Ventura County (affliated with the UCLA Jonsson Cancer Center), and for over twenty years teaching at the Cancer Support Community Valley/Ventura/Santa Barbara and The Cancer Resource Center at Community Memorial Hospital. Catherine is a founding member of Teachers Association of Southern California for MBSR (MBSR-TASC)

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