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Use your five senses to soothe stress

Looking for a new stress-busting strategy? Engaging your senses of sight, smell, touch, hearing and taste may help.

Try these tips to see which of your senses help you soothe your stress. Then use them as inspiration to come up with your own stand-by stress-busters.


Sight. Feast your eyes on nature—outdoors or in a photo.

Smell. Experience aromatic essential oils, such as lavender or lemon.

Touch. Squeeze your thumb and forefinger together.

Hearing. Play some peaceful music.

Taste. Slowly savor warm tea, reflecting on every sip.

Source: Helpguide

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Reviewed 11/28/2022


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