Stress and Finding Balance Tip

1.      Anchor yourself to relaxation. Whenever you find yourself very relaxed, in the morning, in your car or maybe on the couch, put your hand on your stomach and say the word “relaxed.” Then breathe in and out slowly. Do this religiously for 21 days. Once you have anchored the touch of your hand on your stomach to the state of relaxation in your brain, you can use it to relax quickly in any tense situation. When you're about to give a speech, place your hand on your stomach and your brain will say, "Oh that means relaxation" and it will cause your body to relax. It’s like a magic trick.

Patti Wood, MA, Certified Speaking Professional - The Body Language Expert. For more body language insights go to her website at Check out Patti's website for her new book "SNAP, Making the Most of First Impressions, Body Language and Charisma" at Also check out Patti's YouTube channel at