Top tips for reducing stress

My top tip is to perform the BodyTalk Cortices Technique. This is a brilliant stress reducer and improver of brain function. Please follow this link,, featuring John Velteim the BodyTalk founder, to see it demonstrated and to hear about its benefits.


Spend time in nature; preferably quiet time where you are mindful of your surroundings. Use your senses. Look around you and appreciate the natural beauty of your surroundings also study in detail the intricacies of a flower, listen to the birds and insects, touch the bark of a tree, smell the honeysuckle and taste blackberries.


Take your shoes off and put feet on the ground (the earth, the grass not an artificial surface). Not only does it feel relaxing but also the electrons absorbed by your feet help balance free radicals and it helps your body reestablish its natural rhythms so is particularly good for doing after late nights out, after shift work or to counteract jet lag.


Treat yourself to a BodyTalk session. My clients always comment on how relaxed they feel afterwards as it helps to unravel stress.


Exercise regularly. Be mindful of your body whist doing so. Try focusing on how your body feels whilst exercising rather than worrying about your problems. Exercises like yoga encourage mindfulness and deep relaxing breathing.


Eat good quality home cooked nutritious food. Focus on chewing your food properly and appreciating the flavours. Avoid arguments or heated discussions whilst eating.


Stroke an animal. People with pets have lower incidents of stress and disease.



Keep positive and accept that there are things in life that you can’t control. Watch your self-talk, stop running yourself down and saying “I should have……” all the time.


Get enough sleep, 7 to 8 hours a night, and put aside time to take a break.


Listen to calming music and watch a comedy or find something that makes you laugh.


Share with a friend.


Find a purpose or vision that makes your life meaningful. Question your motivations behind what you are doing in your everyday life and whether the associated stresses are worthwhile.


Identify things you fear e.g. letting people down, speaking in public, fear of failure, not getting recognition and spiders. Adopt techniques that help you overcome your fears such as BodyTalk which can help with this.


Lastly breathe out deeply and enjoy life!