Positive challenge #2: Take a 5-minute stress break. It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3!

A moment of sanctuary in California

Step 1. Stop what you are doing. Step 2. Take a deep breath in letting your abdomen fill with nourishing oxygen, and exhale all that carbon dioxide out through your mouth. Notice the tension leaving every muscle of your body. Step 3. Repeat 3 times.

Notice how you feel? What sensations do you feel in your body? It’s important for us to take mindful breaks like this throughout the day. Taking deep breaths and releasing all the stress and tension with each exhale can refuel you throughout the day. Don’t forget to breathe!

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About Sofia Reddy

I am a licensed independent clinical social worker in Massachusetts with over 12 years of mental healthcare experience. My day job is working as a psychotherapist in a mental health program. My second job is teaching graduate social work classes. My 24/7 job is being a mom and managing a home while maintaining my own health, well being and marriage. My specialty is in teaching others mindful stress management strategies to promote health and well being. As a trauma therapist, I work with clients to help them learn about and manage the effects of prolonged stress reactions. However, these strategies are also effective for people who are dealing with the effects of various stressful events in their lives. I also practice what I teach. Through this blog, I hope to bring my practice to you by sharing what I've learned over the years. Take good care, Sofia *Please note: the information presented on this blog is not meant to replace professional healthcare. Always consult with a healthcare provider if you have questions or concerns regarding your health. The views expressed here are solely my opinions and suggestions, and do not necessarily reflect the opinions or policies of the mental health or educational facilities in which I work.
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