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Five Stress Reducers that Actually Work at Work

14 Sep

Hello again.

I was amused and delighted to see an article about "new" techniques to reduce stress in Business Insider. Okay, so what if three out of the five methods are older than dirt? The good news is that meditation, guided imagery and yoga breathing have hit the mainstream, big time and are being touted as practical solutions to stress at work.

Actually, corporate America has long been onto the fact that work site stress breeds hypertension, depression, indigestion, panic attacks, substance abuse, and other maladies, not to mention absenteeism and sick days.

But it's a fairly recent development that businesses have gone ahead and embraced mind-body methods as a way of countering stress at work. (The one exception I know is Progressive Insurance, which was bulk-ordering our Stress, Headache, General Wellness and Pregnancy & Childbirth guided imagery for employees 20 years ago).

The article goes on to say that five easy ways to reduce stress that actually work are:

  • Mindfulness Meditation

  • Adult Coloring Books

  • Tapping

  • Yoga Breathing

  • Guided Imagery

Adult coloring books were new to me, actually, and they look like fun. I can see how they could be excellent de-stressors, especially with the right set of groovy, felt-tipped pens.

I wasn't wild about this article's simplistic examples of "happy place" guided imagery or the reductionistic description of acu-tapping, but, hey, what can you expect from a short article? Given the constraints, I thought this was pretty darned good.

You can find the piece here.

So, I guess this is it: we're mainstream, people!

Take care and be well.

All best,

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Belleruth Naparstek

Psychotherapist, author and guided imagery pioneer Belleruth Naparstek is the creator of the popular Health Journeys guided imagery audio series. Her latest book on imagery and posttraumatic stress, Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal (Bantam Dell), won the Spirituality & Health Top 50 Books Award.