5 Techniques to Reduce Stress and Anxiety

Stress and anxiety can come into our lives like a bolt of lightning or creep in without any warning. Stress is the cause of all disease, so it’s vital to find ways to reduce and rid it early on.

Here are five stress-relieving techniques you can use on a daily basis:


A few minutes of meditation each day can help ease anxiety. It’s simple, we promise; if you’re sitting on a chair uncross your legs and put both feet flat on the ground, straighten your back, close your eyes, put your hand on your stomach; take a breath in through your nose and exhale through your mouth. Clear your mind of negative thoughts and create a safe space where you can spend a few minutes to focus on you.

Breathe deeply

In the heat of the moment, if you’re feeling anxious or stressed, remove yourself from the situation – if only for a few minutes – and take a deep breath. Feel the breath start in your tummy and work its way to the top of your head, and exhale. Repeat and relax.


Lean on others for support. One of the most effective ways to relieve stress is to talk about how you are feeling, why you are feeling this way, and to explore ways to reduce stress or anxiety. Do this with a friend, family member, or someone you trust.


Allow yourself the opportunity to laugh out loud. A good old belly laugh lowers cortisol, the body’s stress hormones, and boosts endorphins, which make us feel good.


Exercise including walking, yoga, or a gentle swim can help ease stress and anxiety. If your body feels better so does your mind. Exercise also produces endorphins, which already know is good for you.

Bonus technique: write a journal with positive thoughts only; remind yourself of all the good things in your life, record joyful experiences, and celebrate your accomplishments!

In the McCaffrey Health practice, we believe M.E.N. is the cause of all STRESS and STRESS is the cause of all disease: Dr. Sean has spent his career researching, studying and learning how to treat a body under stress. The underlying cause of chronic diseases are M.E.N. stressors: M = Mechanical; E = Emotional, N = Nutritional. The basis of the McCaffrey Method is to determine where the body is spending its energy fighting to stay healthy and reversing the stressors causing the patient’s chronic condition in the first place to restore good health. Visit https://www.mccaffreyhealth.com/mccaffrey-method/ for more information about M.E.N. and the McCaffrey Method.