You want to relieve stress and are looking for ways to immediately lower your stress level or your tensions in an emotional crisis?
Everyone can learn certain techniques and use little tools - so called "skills” - to counteract stressful situations. These are simple aids or helpers that can assist you in lowering stress or even avoiding your tensions, overreactions, dissociations or even suicide and self-harming actions or thoughts.
Here you will find an overview of free DIY stress relief skills which help us very effectively in our everyday high-stress situations and thought process and circles.
Not every skill is suitable for every stress situation, the use of certain helpers depends on the inner stress. In order to help you in assessing which skill you can use for your particular level of tensions, we have added a stress level indicator in % to the overview. Note: The indicated stress level is based on our personal experience and is intended as a general indication only.
If you are looking for more specific skills and little tools for your emotional emergency kit, you can find Borderline (BPD) Skills here and a comprehensive collection under the DBT Skills list here.
If you have acute problems and are looking for a counseling center or want to talk to someone anonymously, please look under Emergency Hotlines.