You would naturally do these when not stressed. DOING THEM DELIBERATELY at moments when you are feeling stressed gives you access to the fuller range of your normal faculties, which stress tends to restrict.
- Sit back and get a larger view. Even something as simple as expanding your posture, allowing yourself to sit back, is enough to give your body a prompt to move towards a calmer pace, which allows you to think more clearly and creatively.
- In discussion we trust. Getting in touch with someone we trust, and asking for their assistance in figuring out something we've been finding difficult is profoundly supportive of your flourishing.
- Slow and steady wins the race. A lot of the time, even when we are feeling stressed, there isn't a race. There is us trying to move towards a state that is more enjoyable than how we felt a minute ago.
Reversing the stress can take you into the territory of 'eustress' where your energy is powered up and focused. Rather than cancelling the stress, we can put it into 'reverse gear' and direct the energy charge the stress was carrying to serve us instead of tying us up in knots.