T – 60 to Calm

Need to calm down asap? Try this: Stare up at the ceiling and slowly count down from 60.

Why does this work? Looking up stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system, which brings blood pressure down and slows your breathing. The counting aspect also helps to get your mind off of whatever is stressing you out.

Don’t delay relaxation. This only takes 60 seconds! If you’re stressed right now, do something immediately (like this for example) to let it go…

 

Clear Your Mind

Here are some very doable ways to calm and clear your mind:

  • Take a technology fast – for an hour, for a day, for a week… whatever you can handle. Experience what a difference not being constantly connected makes in your life. It might even be a little unsettling at first because it’s such a foreign concept to us these days. 

Warning: some common side effects of a technology fast include increased free time, more time doing things you truly enjoy and a less anxious state of being.

  • Spend a few hours organizing your closet, which includes getting rid of any clothing that you (1) never wear or (2) doesn’t make you happy. Why are you holding onto anything that fits into either category?! Donate them now and double the rewards for yourself and someone else.
  • Spend an hour or a few hours organizing and decluttering the rest of your home. Clearing your physical environment of unneeded and unenjoyed items can be very liberating.
  • Avoid gossip – talking negatively about your coworker or friend doesn’t leave anyone feeling in a truly great state of mind.  Negative thoughts lead to negative speech and vice versa. Try to keep them both on the positive side and feel the difference.
  • Write down your common stressors and why they stress you out. Then, figure out ways to either remove those things completely from your life or figure how to deal with them differently so they don’t stress you.
  • Catch yourself complaining and STOP! Just STOP. NOW. Everyone complains here and there, but making a habit of complaining only brings you down and often brings your mind to dark places. Try being thankful instead. Turn those common complaints into gratefulness. Example: Annoyed it’s raining? Be grateful you can afford those rain boots and an umbrella.
  • AND don’t forget to:

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Have a stress free, joy filled day! ~Annie

Relax Your Entire Body

Feeling stressed? Don’t know how to relax your entire body? Well you can start by relaxing your forehead this instant.

Why it works — If you can keep your forehead from tensing up and your brow from furrowing then you can trigger an automatic relaxation response from head to toe.  This tip is often used with women in labor to cut down on pain. Pretty cool, right?

I’m doing it as I type right now and I can really feel the difference… I hope you do too!

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Major added bonus — If used regularly, this technique will definitely help you out in the wrinkle department. Are you relaxing your forehead yet? ;)

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