Today I heard wonderful news from my friend, which made me not only excited but also unable to focus on my work again. When restless, busy or stressed, we can feel it in our bodies. Our hearts start bumping, our necks get tense, or we get butterflies in our tummies. So, when you need peace of mind, start with you body. Here are some tips – try them and pick out the ones that work best for you.
1. Focus on your breath. This is a common advice, and for a reason. Breath is always in the present, not in future or in the past like the restless mind. Close your eyes and feel the breath flow through your body. Lengthen the exhalations a little, it helps calm down your nervous system. Try different breathing exercises as you get going.
2. Mini-yoga with forward folds. When you do the right things, 5 minutes is enough. If you feel super restless, start with a few sun salutations before you slow down for your forward folds, which are ideal for lowering your pulse and calming your mind. You can find more inspiration from YogaMe, try our videos for free by signing up.
3. Do one thing at a time. Our brain isn’t built for multitasking. Pick the thing that needs to be done first. Literally move aside the other things that you need to do and that distract you – for example, close the extra windows on your computer.
4. Meditate. It’s worth a try, it lowers the level of stress hormones in your blood. You don’t need to ”know” a lot to do it. Simply close your eyes and sit in silence, even if it’s for a few minutes. Sit erect and observe your breath. You can repeat a silent mantra in your mind, either ”om” or other word that works for you. When you have time, do some yoga first. There are plenty of different meditations around, find yours!
5. Enjoy nature. If possible, go out for a breath of air and find a green corner. Studies show that trees have a calming effect on us. Walk slowly, listen to your breath and sense your body’s movements. Find a place to sit and take your attention to your senses – what you see, hear, and smell.
6. Cut down on media use. Social media and other channels feed our brain with constant information flow. Take a note on how many different media you use simultaneously and consider minimalizing a little.
More tips for example from MindBodyGreen’s article.