Pause and take a Breath
When stressful feelings arise relaxation breathing techniques can help to balance them. A simple yet effective technique is to pause what you are doing and count to 10 while you slowly breathe in and out to become aware of the sensations you have in your body.
Establishing a mindfulness practice in the daily routine can be a helpful tool to better mange stress. A Study1 published 2015 in Neurology found that mindfulness-based therapy was associated with improved quality of life scores in patients with drug-resistant epilepsy. The best step to get started is to talk to your doctor what kind of mindfulness practice could work best for you.
1 Mindfulness-based therapy for drug-resistant epilepsy: An assessor-blinded randomized trial; Venus Tang, Wai S. Poon, Patrick Kwan Neurology Sep 2015, 85 (13) 1100-1107; DOI: 10.1212/WNL.0000000000001967
Being outside in fresh air and experiencing nature is proven to reduce stress and increase pleasant feelings. Observing nature can help your mind to re-focus distract your mind from negative thinking. If you can't make it outside, don't worry. A study published by Scientific Reports2 has shown that simply listening to nature sounds can have a similar effect.
2 Gould van Praag, C., Garfinkel, S., Sparasci, O. et al. Mind-wandering and alterations to default mode network connectivity when listening to naturalistic versus artificial sounds. Sci Rep 7, 45273 (2017). https://doi.org/10.1038/srep45273
Spend time with your Family & Friends
One of the most important source of stress reduction are our close relationships. Talking to loved ones when you feel stressed or down can be helpful and reassuring.