Nuggets of wellbeing wisdom nuggets from Mentemia – Pillar 1: Chill

How are you feeling? Chill is the way we train our body to relax after stress. Very important! How do we relax? You can’t be stressed and relaxed at the same time – we seesaw between these two systems, but you can kick in the relaxation or ‘rest and digest’ system with these simple techniques:


  • Breathe into the belly – this sends a signal to the amygdala (alert system) to stand down
  • Be present to the present

Thoughts and emotions

  • Put feelings into words
  • Develop an action plan
  • Learn that feeling uncomfortable sometimes is OK
  • Grounding ourselves – for example, stretch your arms above your head and plant your feet on the floor.

Find more short and sweet activities on the Mentemia app. Find out more about Chill here: The 6 Pillars: Chill on Vimeo Dr Fiona Crichton’s webinar made sense of Mentemia’s value for UC staff. If you missed it, you can watch the video here. Dr Crichton, a research psychologist, explained the research behind the app’s seemingly simple activities and reminders. Each activity is evidence-based and very effective in addressing chronic stress, especially for very busy people. No matter how full your schedule is, you will benefit from even a 2-minute wellbeing activity. You can download the app from your phone’s app store. Stuck? Don’t stress! Read more here: Mentemia | University of Canterbury

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