13 May 6 Buzzworthy Tips Influencers Use to “Keep Calm and Carry On”
1. Everyone talks about the big M. That’d be Meditation. Everyone says that you should do it, daily at least. Yes, even you. It can be easy. I’ll walk you through meditation for beginners.
- Find at least 20 minutes in your day. Begin small. Think of the time commitment like the amount of time it takes to load a plane, secure your bag overhead, ensure your seatback is forward and your tray table is in the upright position, “listen” to the safety precautions and boom, be ready for take off. Stay with me here.
- Book your meditation time. Calendar it. Give your housemate the heads up. Tell your partner it’s your own personal time. Make sure your kids are occupied or sleeping.
- Turn off your phone or put it in another room.
- Turn down the lights.
- Find a quiet spot to sit. Do whatever you need to do to get centered. Grab a pillow to sit on. Center yourself in front of a picture, an altar, or just a blank wall that you’ll be able to focus on.
- If you can, sit crossed legged with good posture. Sitting on a chair with a firm back is ok if the floor doesn’t work for you. Palms in your knees or on your lap, hands open, palms up.
- Eyes open or closed. Breathe. Slowly and deeply. Take a couple of inhales through your nose and exhale through your mouth.
- Try to calm your mind and notice the thoughts that pass by. Attempt to let them pass like clouds moving overhead without holding on to a particular thought or idea. The key is to observe them moving by.
- Sit and breathe deeply. Work up to more time as you get comfortable meditating.
The thing is, even if you know how to meditate, you actually have to do it to get the benefits—it’s taken me years to maintain a consistent practice. Making a habit of meditating really does pay off.
2. Breathe Deeply
I promote mediation first because once you know how to do it, a world of breathing nuances open to you. It can be as easy as laughing when you are being tickled.
You should be able to do deep breathing almost anywhere; an airport, stop and go traffic, the grocery store line. I dare you to try it in all these places.
3. Create Your Own Go-To Mind Training
My trick to get calm in seconds is to deep breathe at every red light and stop sign. Basically, if I’m in my car, the color red equals deep belly breaths.
What does this do for you?
It lightens the chemicals working to respond to crisis in your body, by developing a regular uplifting buzz. I don’t mean the kind of feeling when you are wired or ecstatic. I mean more like the hum of a happy engine. A whistle-while-you-work kind of carefree contentment.
4. Generate Positive Thoughts
Let’s talk about things that lighten your mood. Think of your favorite song if it makes you happy.
Another way to do this is to be grateful. Gratitude changes your attitude. According to Healthline.com, “studies have shown that people who regularly practice feeling thankful have a leg up when it comes to their health”. Robert Emmons, a psychology professor at the University of California at Davis, has been a leading researcher in this growing field, termed “positive psychology”. His research has found that those who adopt an “attitude of gratitude” as a permanent state of mind experience “many health benefits”.
5. Re-Define Emotions
Esther Sternberg, a researcher at The NIMH, has done a lot of research on mind-body interaction according to healthonline.com. One of her directives is that when, under pressure, you are successfully able to re-label the “fear or flight” emotions. For example, fear can become anticipation while dread can become caution. Being under pressure can be simply re-labeled as being courted! If you are successful with this technique you may become aware and mindful, rather than being frightened and ready to flee.
Keeping yourself in a natural good mood is the best way for your mind and body to work together to meditate and go about your day.
6. Move Your Body
Exercise or do some sort of physical activity. Get outside and walk. Run, hike, sprint, do yoga if you like—find your favorite physical mood lifter. If you have adrenal fatigue issues, work with a doctor to get the ok for exercise. Adrenal exhaustion inhibits activities that you may think are ok. To rebuild a burnt-out system, try Adrenal Breathing and yoga specific to where your body is in the healing process. In this article by Dr. Lam, you’ll get an idea of where you should be and then check with your own Dr. versed in adrenal issues.
7. Crank up your Omega 3 consumption
Increase your intake of fish oil and/or nuts (the edible kind of nuts). Nutty people may cause the opposite effect.
As always, let me know what you try and how it goes!
In Health and Happiness,
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