Quick Tips for Stress Reduction in Unsettling Times


I watch the news and there is unrest everywhere. Whether it be lingering stress from COVID-19 or the civil uprising against ‘perceived’ injustices in the USA.

Yes, I say ’perceived’, because as with anything, there is a Yin and Yang.

Some people view it as injustice, and some do not.  Coming from a balanced space, I can appreciate all opinions on both sides…  And I’m grateful for all that I am learning.

With that in mind, there are probably not many people today, that couldn’t use some quick and simple tips for stress reduction.

It seems as if everyone is feeling some tension and anxiety. If it’s not because of one’s personal circumstances, it can be caused by general concerns and views about the world itself.  

But as bad as tension and anxiety may be today, I find that many are far too busy or too involved in their own circumstances to do everything necessary to relieve that tension and anxiety, long term!

As much as I would love to see everyone approaching life from a balanced mind, with love and honor for all aspects of a situation, most are looking for quick fixes.  

So, there are some things that can be done toward stress reduction- in ‘the here’ and ‘the now’… And, these things don’t always need to be complicated or take a lot of inward reflection.


In fact, these quick tips won’t take up much time, because they are things that you likely do, but don’t consider them stress reducers. The key is to focus on them as such. 


For instance, taking a hot bath or shower can actually go a long way toward cooling down and reducing stress.  The warm water increases blood circulation and can also help to ease tense and cramped muscles.  When you’re mentally or emotionally stressed it’s not unusual for your body to respond to this stress by tensing up, which in turn produces pain and therefore more stress.  

Soaking in a hot bath or taking a long hot shower can ease that physical pain and help with mental and emotional stress reduction.  And if you turn it into a mindful shower, where you focus your senses, it brings your stress reduction to another level. Focus on the feel, the scent, the sound of the water and suds. 

Another thing you can do, is to take fifteen to twenty minutes for yourself before you go to bed to indulge in a relaxing activity which can also help with stress reduction. Don’t watch the news or flip through your social media account. 

Disconnect from all that’s going on ‘outside’. Think of something that you can do that will turn your mind off from the day’s concerns, that you can enjoy for just a few minutes.  

This might include picking up a book and reading something inspirational.  You might even try working on a scrapbook, doing a ‘Word Search’ puzzle or coloring, anything along those lines.   

These simple and engaging actions can help with stress reduction as they shut off your mind to outside problems and turn your attention toward more joyful thoughts.  

Engaging in these activities daily, can also help to remind you that your life may have some tension and anxiety, but you also have other activities that you enjoy as well.  

Reclaiming your time is a great means toward stress reduction, but it works only if you do it on a regular basis!  Spending five minutes on a crossword puzzle once a month is not going to alleviate any type of tension, at least not on a long-term basis. 

Additionally, your loved ones can also help with stress reduction, if you let them. 

It’s unfortunate that many people, when feeling tense and anxious, often pull away from people around them and isolate themselves when they need them the most.  Planning fun activities with people that care about you can help tremendously.  

This doesn’t need to involve a lot of money spent; A game of cards at home, a ‘virtual’ happy hour or just taking a walk in the park. Whilst socially distancing can help to get your mind off of your troubles… It can also work wonders, as far as stress reduction is concerned.  

As with other means of stress reduction, getting together with your friends even ‘virtually’, on a regular basis is important.  Just communicating with people every few months is not going to help much, so plan something regular that everyone will enjoy.

Finally, remember to eat healthy, exercise and meditate or pray daily.  

Do what you must to focus on you, body, mind and spirit.  Not only does this help to reduce stress and anxiety… It starts you on the path of leading a balanced life.  🙏 💝🙏

When you’re ready to learn how to reduce stress and anxiety long term, I’m here for you.  I’ve helped many clients achieve long lasting results!  Check out some of  their testimonials❤️🧡💛💚💙💜


Love & Light… Till next time, 

Dawn-Marie Dalsass


Written on 16 June, 2020 



Dawn-Marie P. Dalsass, President of  Livelihood Spirit Balance is a Stress Management Maven. She’s a Stress and Anxiety Expert for Middle Managers. She started her career in Corporate America while she was in high school and worked her way up the ranks finding herself in middle to upper management for most of her corporate career. She loved what she did but along the way she battled stress, anxiety and depression. When work and life were more than she could handle she planned her suicide in detail. Fortunately, she didn’t go through with it when she saw her 2 little boys on her way to get a knife with a plan to end it all. It was in that moment that she vowed to pull herself together and begin a new journey.

In 2015 she started her own business called Life Coach DM. After several years of working with clients, she realized that the majority of her clients were in middle management just like she was. She had helped most go from being stressed, anxious and / or depressed to being more balanced, aware and dynamic while guiding them on their own journey to achieve life goals including work life balance.

Dawn-Marie has since become a Certified Nature & Forest Therapy Guide and teaches individuals how they too can annihilate the stress, anxiety and depression (aka S.A.D) that middle managers and working parents can face through a process called equilibration (the balancing of the mind and emotions) along with the healing benefits a deep connection to nature (both indoors and out) can bring to become fully balanced, aware and dynamic (aka B.A.D).

Through her own practice, Dawn-Marie discovered what she calls Livelihood Spirit Balance where how one lives their life is in alignment with their authentic self, their B.A.D Ass-self. With Livelihood Spirit Balance, Work Life Balance and everything else just falls into place.

Based on her years of work and client success stories, Dawn-Marie changed her business name to Livelihood Spirit Balance to align with her teachings, mission, vision and purpose.

Dawn-Marie offers online courses, personal and corporate development coaching, workshops and seminars. As the owner of  Total Convalescence – Nature & Forest Therapy  she also offers public and private Nature & Forest Therapy Walks.

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