Posted by Devenia Besant on 03 Mar 2019

I recently spoke to Complementary Therapist Christine Michele Murray about how to manage stress when there is so much to juggle whether that’s juggling family life, work or running your business and she sent over some useful steps that I thought I would share with you.

Here goes:

5 Ways to Manage Your Stress

Here are few tips to help you manage your stress, they are short and easily incorporated into your day. Using just one or two of these can have a major impact on how you feel by reducing your stress levels.  Not everyone works in the same way either so you may find some of the techniques more effective for you than others.

1. Equal Breathing Technique (to slow your mind)

Our bodies are accustomed to the practice of shallow breathing. Keep the goal in mind: this technique can calm the nervous system, increase focus, and reduce stress and anxiety.


This is great for the beginner who wants to relax. A count of 10 breaths would be a great way to stop and rejuvenate your busy day.

  • To start, inhale for a count of 4.
  • Then exhale for a count of 4.
  • As you advance, aim for 6 to 8 counts per breath.


Remember to breathe through your nose. This adds a natural resistance to the breath.


This is one technique that is especially effective when you catch yourself creating unlimited thoughts. In other words, if you’re having a hard time falling asleep, this breath can help slow your mind and reduce racing thoughts and help you bring your focus and concentration to the present situation.

2. Be Present

Slow down.

Take 5 minutes and focus on only one behavior with awareness, For Example Notice how the air feels on your face when you’re walking and how your feet feel hitting the ground, or enjoy the texture and taste of each bite of food.

When you spend time in the moment and focus on your senses, you should feel less tense.

3. The Crescent Stretch – neck, shoulders & upper back

An excellent stretching technique for stress is the crescent stretch. This stretch helps release tension from the neck, shoulders, and upper back while elongating your entire torso.

  • While standing or sitting, raise your hands over your head.
  • Interlock your fingers and as you exhale move your hands and arms to the right. Make sure to keep your shoulders back.
  • Hold the stretch for 15 to 20 seconds.
  • Take several deep breathes and inhale as you move your hands back over your head.
  • Repeat the exercise moving your hands and arms toward the left.
  • Hold the stretch for 15 to 20 seconds.

4. Reach Out

Your social network, friends and family are one of your best tools for handling stress. Talk to others — preferably face to face, or at least on the phone. Share what’s going on. You can get a fresh perspective on what is stressing you.

 5. Last but not least – Stay Hydrated!

This is under rated by keeping hydrated will make you feel so much better.  Drink plenty of water throughout the day, everyday.

I hope these tips help to aid a stress free March.


For more useful tips follow the Complementary Therapies with Christine Michele Murray page on Facebook.

Devenia Besant
Devenia (Dee) Besant is the founder of Epsom and Ewell Families. Runs a busy household as a mummy of 3 and a wife and some would say crazily committed to helping small businesses and the local community.

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