We all strive for peace of mind, serenity, happiness, and a healthier body, but we sometimes get distracted with everyday life. Our minds can sometimes be cluttered with negative thoughts of perceived future outcomes, financial disparities, and many other things that can put an overall burden on our mood and happiness. This can lead to chronic stress, which can eventually effect your overall health and well-being. In this article I will share with you 15 things you can start doing to help clear and calm your mind and body that will put you on the track to a healthier you.
1) Breathe Right
When you are stressed, you may notice yourself taking shorter breaths and this will decrease your blood oxygen levels. In order to calm yourself and take away some mental stress you may be experiencing, stop and take deep breaths. Inhale deeply through your nose until you can’t anymore and try to hold your breath for 10 seconds, then exhale. You can repeat this as many times as you like. You will begin to feel the difference in your state of mind.
2) Sniff A Mango
Many people may have heard that the scent of lavender has a soothing effect. There have been studies shown in Japan that mango have the same stress-reducing benefits.
3) Focus On Your Body
Focus on each segment of your body beginning with your shoulders and try to contract your muscles, then release the tension in that area. Do this for every part of your body while sitting or lying in bed from your shoulders to your feet.
4) Strike A Pose
When feeling stressed lie on your back have your legs in a L shape against the wall, hands on the floor above your head. In doing so, you will reverse the normal downward flow of blood and also stretches the neck, back and leg muscles, in order to help you relax.
Limit caffeine and sugar intake in your diet. These things cause an almost instant spike in energy, followed by a sharp decline. Try to limit the sugary and caffeinated stuff that your eat to keep your energy levels constant.
6) Do Some Yoga
Yoga puts much emphasis on breathing, mediation, and relaxation and these things have all been linked to studies showing that they have health-related benefits, such as reducing stress.
7) Play Music
There has been proven research stating that soothing music can go a long way in reducing anxiety. Play some soothing music and just relax. Watch as the stress and anxiety drift away.
8) Educate Yourself
Begin to know who you are and what makes you stressed or anxious, and what time of the day it happens most. Having an effective way to deal with what may be stirring up negative emotions such as stress, is based upon knowing what causes it first.
9) Play A Game
Playing computer games like solitaire and others have been proven to distract your brain from the situation that may be causing you stress. These type of things are great ways to help you take your mind off of things.
10) Find A Quiet Place
When you are feeling stressed or anxious, take some time (20-30 min) to yourself and go find a quiet place to and enjoy the silence. You can even use this time to meditate and just focus on the sound of your breathe. It will help a lot.
11) Eat Chocolate Occasionally
Eating about an ounce and a half of dark chocolate every day for two weeks reduced levels of stress hormones in people feeling highly anxious.
12) Go Get Some Sun
Giving yourself 15 minutes of direct sunlight will give you a vitamin D boost. Vitamin D acts as a natural antidote to depression and anxiety.
13) Call Someone Close to You
When you are feeling anxious or stressed about something, talking it out with someone who you know will listen will help you to relieve the stress that you are experiencing. So when that person who needs to vent to someone calls you, know that you are helping improve their life just by listening.
14) Find Something to Laugh About
You can go watch a funny movie, tell someone a funny joke, ask someone to tell you a funny joke, read a humorous book, or just laugh for no good reason. When you laugh, you encourage your body to increase the production of feel good chemicals that help fight off stress.
15) Drink Some Tea
Green tea is packed with antioxidants that help protect your body from the damaging effects of stress. Some monks also drink green tea right before they meditate, increasing their focus and the soothing effect.
Stress is a natural part of life, but too much of it can be very harmful to your well-being and overall happiness. When you experience stress, how you react to it will determine just how long you stay stressed. There are many things that can help you manage stress and stay calm. Here is a re-cap of the 15 ways to have a calmer mind and body.
- Breathe right
- Sniff a mango
- Focus on every part of your body
- Strike a pose
- Reduce caffeine and sugar in your diet
- Do some yoga
- Play soothing music
- Know yourself
- Play a game
- Find a quiet place and mediate
- Eat chocolate
- Get some sunlight
- Vent to someone close to you
- Find something to laugh about
- Drink some tea
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