Stress Relief Tool – Engage Your Senses

Engage Your SensesStamp out stress by engaging one or more of your senses to rapidly calm and energize yourself.


If you are having a stressful day, the speediest way to stamp out stress is by engaging one or more of your senses – your sense of sight, smell, sound, touch or taste – to rapidly calm and energize yourself.

With that in mind, here are some ideas for letting your natural senses help you reduce your stress.

Sense of Sight:

Sense of Smell:

  • Use aromatherapy
  • Light a scented candle
  • Bake your favorite bread, muffins, cake or pie
  • Savor the smell of a fresh cup of tea or coffee
  • Appreciate the aromas of the season, such as pumpkin spice around the holidays

Sense of Sound:

Sense of Touch:

Sense of Taste:

  • Chew your favorite flavor of gum
  • Eat a piece of dark chocolate
  • Sip a hot cup of coffee or tea (this one engages all of your senses at once)
  • Treat yourself to your favorite dessert (within moderation)

So enjoy a little sensory stimulation, and the stress relief that comes with it.


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