My 3 Favorite Ways to Clear the Noise and Come Back to Center
While technology brings us so many incredible opportunities, it also contributes to longer work hours, less down time, and dare I say more stress. While overwhelm, stress, and frustration have become buzz words in our modern life, they are real experiences and the great news is that there are lots of ways to manage these feelings and experiences.
Below you’ll find my top 3 favorite ways to quickly and I mean really really quickly shift from a space of stress and tension to cool, calm, and collected.
There are so many more ways to reduce stress than the ways that I’ve included below, but these have worked very well for me over the years and I hope that they work for you too. Maybe they will inspire you to find some things that become go to support systems in your day to day life too.
One of the reasons I love the following stress busters so much is that they can be used at work and in your home life.
These don’t require a lot of “stuff” and they don’t require a lot of time to shift from stressed out to self soothed.
This one seems so simple yet it’s really powerful.
One of the reasons this one makes such a huge impact in helping to move from stress to calm is that increasing conscious breathing automatically resets your body and takes it out of fight, flight, freeze, and fawn and moves you into rest, restore, replenish, and renew. Conscious breathing is like the control alt delete for your body.
(Yes, I still use a PC.)
When we’re under a lot of pressure or stress, we often begin to mouth breathe instead of breathing in through the nose and out through the mouth. Mouth breathing, while beneficial in keeping oxygen going into the lungs isn’t the optimal way to breathe. Mouth breathing also leads to tension in the chest, neck, and shoulders. Mouth breathers may also experience tension in their tummy and lower back.
Take a deep breath in through your nose, hold it for a second or two, and then breathe out through your mouth. This will support your body in releasing the stress you’re holding onto and will reset your body.
Repeating this breathing technique for 2 minutes can make a huge difference in the way that you feel, including helping you to have sharper thinking.
If you’re someone who forgets to breathe when you’re under pressure, you’re not alone. As you notice that you’re holding your breath or that you’ve moved into mouth breathing, simply start this breathing technique. You can reset your body and help to create a new healthy habit of breathing in through your nose and out through your mouth all at the same time.
Using 100% pure organic essential oils can help to calm you and the environment that you’re in very quickly. Whether you feel guided to use a diffuser to fill the air around you with the relaxing and pleasing aromatics of the oils you enjoy or you choose to apply them to your body, essential oils are a powerful calming agent.
Diffusing allows you and the people around you to enjoy the scents and calming effects of your essential oils. You can almost watch people unwind when they’re exposed to oils being diffused. Not only do essential oils smell good, using calming oils creates a sense of peace, calm, and relaxation.
You can also apply essential oils to your wrists, chest, bottoms of your feet, and behind your knees to help increase feelings of calm. If you have sensitive skin, you may want to use a carrier oil like coconut oil to mix with your essential oils.
Some people like to use their oils in a similar way to smelling salts; just by opening up the bottle and breathing the oil you will get an instant benefit. (You can also add your oils to bath water if you want to have a really relaxing bath at the end of the day.)
These are some of my favorite Calming Oils:
(In no particular order)
Music is an invisible helper that shifts moods, tension, and stress easily and effortlessly allowing you to feel more like yourself again. When I feel like I’m having an off day this helps to make things feel so much better.
Listening to gentle, nature inspired sounds helps to shift tension from the body and mind really quickly. Even if you work in an office environment, you can listen to music through headphones without disturbing your colleagues. If you’re like me and you work with clients, they tend to enjoy and appreciate the calming music too. All of the streaming sites have great options; some of the key words you can use include:
- Nature Sounds
- Spa Station
- Relaxing Music
- Instrumental Music
- Steven Halpern
I hope these 3 stress busting tips help you as much as they help me and I hope they inspire you to find some things that really work for you too.
Please share your stress busting tips in the comments below!
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