Tips for Anxiety & Stress Management

Tips for Anxiety & Stress Management



Hi guys! I’m Dara from Adarabella Designs and I’m here to share some stress and anxiety management tools with you. These are some tips that I've learned during my healing journey as well as some sensory grounding techniques that I incorporate in my line of functional jewelry for anxiety and stress relief which includes fidget jewelry and sensory wearables!

Reflecting, going within, and checking in

The first three tips that I want to share with you have to do with reflecting and going within and checking in. One of the first things I want to talk about is gratitude journaling! I was given the 5-minute journal and it’s been an amazing resource for me and a great way to reframe appreciation in my life.

Every morning you start by writing three things you’re grateful for. Write three things that would make today great and one affirmation or mantra that starts with “I am” and then you come back in the evening before you go to bed and you write three amazing things that happened that day and then one thing that would have made today better.

This is a really wonderful way to appreciate every moment. Feel free to check the gratitude journal That I am using.

Tracking your triggers

The second reflective tip I have for you is to track your triggers - any time you have a thing, comment or an incident cause you to go into the flight, or freeze mode, take out a journal and write down what happened and how you feel.

This is a great way to analyze your actions and reactions. A way to get a deeper answer would be to ask yourself “why?” five times. You might come to a realization that you may not have realized at first.

If you want to go more indepth in flight fright and freeze check out this article about Fight, Flight, Freeze Responses.

The third reflective tip would be to “Speak Up”! Share experiences or share your feelings with your loved ones. Whether it’s notes from your gratitude journal or reflections you’ve learned from tracking your triggers!

Your story and your healing journey is important and by sharing them with people, they’ll have a better understanding of what you’re going through and they might even get a better idea of how to support you.

Speaking Up!

Tips for Anxiety & Stress Management

Just Breath

Now that we worked through some of these feelings, let’s start by connecting with the body and working through some of these energetic blocks.

Breathwork is a great way to do this!

One of my favorite breathing patterns is 4-7-8! This breathing pattern is known to help reinstate homeostasis - in terms of the blood pressure, as well as the heart rate. You conduct this pattern by inhaling for 4 counts, holding your breath for 7 counts, and then exhaling for 8. You repeat this cycle as many times until you feel grounded.

Another great breathing technique is by alternating the nostril when you’re inhaling and exhaling - this is a great way to get a sense of control and calm your breath. You start by closing off your left nostril and inhaling through the right. Then you hold your breath and close off the right nostril and exhale through the left.

Then stay on the same side you inhale, and exit out the right. Check out those 4 Soft and Soothing Breathing Techniques.

Breathwork is a great skill that can be practiced anywhere. However, if you have a bit more privacy or a bit more tension throughout the body - movement and mediation can be very beneficial. I really like to get a little movement in before I meditate so as to clear my mind!

Three ways I do that are to shake it out, dance around or practice yoga! All three techniques are also a great way to put a smile on your face!

Craniosacral, Acupressure and Tapping

Let’s dive in a little deeper into the body by integrating practices such as craniosacral, acupressure and tapping! The physical body is directly correlated to the mind, and often your anxiety and trauma, from the past or future, is tied into your muscle tissues.

A great way to relieve these energetic blocks is by activating these pressure points! Some helpful points include the third eye, below your eyes, above your lip, at your collar bones, at your heart center, solar plexus and along the underside of your ribs.

These points can be activated by applying pressure or by tapping. The points that are the most tender tend to be the ones that need the most attention!


Sensory grounding is my first self-care love and my must for my line of functional products for anxiety and stress relief of sensory and fidget jewelry! Sensory grounding is a great way to bring yourself into the present, rather than anxiety from the past or future, by using the things in your surroundings.

5-4-3-2-1 is a great tool that was originally designed for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, but it can be helpful for everyday anxieties. You use this technique by:

  • Observing 5 things that you see in your field of vision.
  • Observing 4 things that you can physically touch or feel.
  • Observing 3 things that you might hear within your surroundings
  • Observing 2 things that you can smell

and finally observe 1 things that you can taste, or alternatively a positive mantra. This is a great way to be in the Here and Now!

Build your sensory tool kit

Another great sensory grounding tool would be to build a sensory tool kit! This kit includes five items one for each sense that brings you either a happy memory or provides a sense of calm and relaxation.

Also, I highly recommend you check this list of 30 Grounding Techniques to Quiet Distressing Thoughts.

While I’m still learning a lot about my personal stress and anxiety management. These are some tools I’ve learned along the way as well as integrated into my line of functional products for anxiety and stress relief!

Check us out at Adarabella Designs to learn more resources, or to order your on-the-go mental health aid and play your stress away while becoming a more confident you!

We’ve got some great promotions going and I’d love to be a part of your healing journey!



1 comment

  • Hi ! I love how informative and great your articles are. Can you recommend any other Spiritual Awakening blogs that go over the same topics? Thanks a lot!


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