Slay My Stress! Toolkit
This toolkit is dedicated to our clients, students, and community members who want to feel better and have more fun! Information provided here is meant to support your journey to heal, grow, and expand your personal wellness. Most of the tools and techniques come the field of natural health called Energy Kinesiology, namely Touch For Health. It is comprised of what we use in the classroom and private Energy Coaching sessions, as well as what we use personally. Enjoy!
Check out our Energy Hack article to get started
Mood Boost List
If you want to become an expert at raising your mood, you need to know what works for you. You need to know what shifts your attitude and raises your energy… For Real.
A Mood Boost List is a personalized list of things that raise your mood, so you can reach for them when you get stuck.
“It’s like going forward in time to give yourself advice that really works. When you need it the most!”
Take a peek at our tips and ideas to get your juices flowing!!!
Tip #1: Make it personal. What works for you is going to be different than what works for me! We’ve provided lots of ideas here, but the best ideas are your own ideas.
Tip #2: Get in the zone. Take a few deep breaths and remember a time of wellness. When was the last time you felt really good, or things were going smoothly in life? What where you doing at that time?
Tip #3: Choose what feels light. The best things for your list are things that feel Simple, Easy, Light, Fun, Energetic, and elicit Positive Emotions for you! Forget about what other people are telling you to do, or what you think you “should” be doing. Those things can lower your vibration instead of raise it. (ie Feeling obligated is counter-productive here.)
Tip #4: Tune in to your response. When you think about each item and consider it for your list, tune in to your response, and “feel” your subtle reaction. You may be able to sense whether or not it raises your energy, vibration, or boosts your mood. It should feel very light. If it feels heavy, complicated, or hard to do, it may be a useful activity in life, but it’s not a mood booster for you.
Tip #3: Write it down. Having a Mood Boost List in your head doesn’t work. This is because when you are stuck or triggered, you can’t access higher thinking as clearly as you can when you are in balance. Be sure to write down your ideas, so next time you are in a bad mood, feeling overwhelmed, or need to step away from your computer to get a fresh perspective, you’ve made it easy for yourself! Tip#4 Have several things to choose from. Whether your list has 3 things or 30 things, having choices is helpful when you are stuck. As life evolves, items may come and go on your list.
Tip #5: Include people and resources. Who supports you in your health? Who would you reach out to if you wanted a treatment, a mentor, a friend, health advice, or just someone to vent to? Write down the contact info for the people or services that will help you when you get stuck.
Tip #6: KISS Keep It Simple, Silly.
Quick, think if 5 things you love to do! Write them down. Aaaaand you’re done.
Need a little more inspiration?
MORE MOOD BOOSTERS
not only enhances your mood, it contributes to your physical well-being. Being in nature reduces blood pressure, muscle tension, heart rate, and the production of stress hormones. Fresh air cleanses the lungs, strengthens the immune system and brings greater clarity and improved concentration. Being in nature is very grounding.
Go for a walk
Go for a Hike
Visit a Park / Farm / river
Lay in the grass
Watch the wind blow the leaves of a tree
Stare at the clouds
improves the flow of blood and oxygen, lymph, energy flow, and allows the body to express. Exercise produces endorphins and enhances the production of serotonin – two chemicals that help improve your mood.
Just get up and MOVE – take multiple movement breaks, especially if you are sitting a lot
Skip, jump run in place
Dance around the room / Go dancing
Go for a walk or jog – it doesn’t have to be long to be beneficial
Outdoor activities; canoeing, biking, climbing, SKATING!!!
Take a class; yoga, Tai Chi, jazzercise,
Practice getting up and down off the floor (can you do it with no hands?)
Pump some iron, stretch, wiggle and jiggle, roll around on a roller, just move your body however feels good!
is very personal. Taking the time to do something nourishing for yourself can be beneficial to your health and your mood.
Get a good laugh
Take some time alone
Take a nap / sleep in / add more sleep hours to your schedule
Focus on your breathing and just “be”
Spend an evening with good friends
Go to the beauty salon / dress up and look nice
Get a therapeutic treatment such as a massage
Take a day off
Whatever you do for self-care! Do that!
Even if you are simply drinking a cup of tea that you like – when you do it with the intention that, “this is for ME, this is for my health,” it will have added benefit. Your body loves it when you do things that are just for you, no matter how simple it is.
is so healing it gets its own category. Staying well hydrated has so many physiological and energetic benefits we can’t list them all here. It keeps your heart, muscles and joints working, and cleanses toxins from your body, balances your blood sugar, relieves headaches and so much more. In addition, waterfalls, and beaches release negative ions that increase serotonin and boost energy.
Up your hydration game and drink lots of water starting now!
Take a bath
Get into some natural water – lake, creek, river, hot springs
Go to the beach
Gaze at a waterfall
Take a sauna or steam bath
is powerful. Shifting your “stinkin thinkin” can raise your mood and heal your body. Best of all, you need nothing more than yourself to use it!
Think of someone you love and why you love them
Think of things you are grateful for / what is going well
Let yourself vent / express your emotions
Visualize what it will be like when you achieve your goal(s)
Think, “I did that pretty well” after doing something
Reflect on how you’ve improved
Try mindfulness – the practice of purposely focusing your attention on the present moment – and accepting it without judgement. Notice subtle body sensations, sensory input (sounds, sights, smells, tastes, and touches), and emotions and let them go.
waves literally vibrate you. Musical instruments, verbal tones, tuning forks, and songs, are all sounds capable of changing the vibration of your cells and are often used in holistic healing practices. Music is medicine. Never feel self-conscious about singing along to the radio. Listening to upbeat music and singing on your own can elevate your mood and lower stress.
Listen to your favorite song on the radio
Sing in the shower / car
Go to a concert
Play or listen to a musical instrument
Listen to guided meditation
Turn on some classical music
Tune into some binaural beats with your headphones
Visit a therapist or class using sound healing – gongs, bells, bowls and tuning forks can release stuck areas like you wouldn’t believe
can be therapeutic, providing an outlet to express creative energy, emotions and help you shift your mood.
Going to plays and concerts
Refurbishing furniture / diy project
Painting, drawing, sculpting, woodworking, jewelry making
Going to museums or art galleries
Looking at creative ideas on Pinterest or Etsy
Get creative! Here are some more miscellaneous ideas…
Play with a pet – If you don’t have one, visit a dog park or cattery
Trade in the news for something more uplifting
Help someone/ do something good for others / volunteer
Give a compliment
Clean some clutter
Add something nourishing to your diet
Give someone a hug – try a heart hug (switch sides so your hearts meet)
Kiss someone (kissing stimulates serotonin, oxytocin, and dopamine, reduces blood pressure, improves self-esteem, and more)
Phone a friend
Visit someone who is often alone
Watch Netflix and chill!