15 Ways To Have a Calmer Mind and Healthier Body


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.

5) Find a Better Energy Source

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.

Take Away

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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Discussion1 Comment

  1. Thanks for this great list of ways to reduce stress.
    I find that it’s also helpful to find what your passionate about and engage in that. Create a new project to learn about whatever your main passion is.

    Also hugs are shown to increase positive endorphin in the brain which makes us feel better.

    And if you have a cat or dog spend time patting them and being a comfort to them. Pets are often used to provide emotional support for people in recovery from all kinds of illness including PTSD and spending time with them decreases one’s blood pressure.

    One more thing. Smile! It is almost impossible to be depressed when one is smiling. The brain reads the physiological state as happiness and responds accordingly so as they say sometimes..fake it till ya make it! 🙂

    Okay really one last suggestion, help someone. Reaching out to be there for others in need even just being a good listener for someone having their own experiences with being stressed out is a good way to experience personal wellness even happiness.

    Life for far too many people is far too stressful with many of us facing financial and health issues at the same time we are bombarded by negativity on the news and in our social media streams. So let’s share this article and share seeds of positive healing with people however we can! Thanks and best of luck with this excellent website helping people bring our dreams to life!

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