Find Your Zen in 8 Easy Steps
Between your busy work schedule, taking care of the kids, running errands, and, oh, the hundred other things you have to do in a day, it’s easy to forget the amount of stress you’re actually under.
Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out. If you’d like to reduce stress and become calm and cool, put the following 8 steps into practice to be more patient.
1. Let Go.
This thing that seems like the end of the world right now? It’s not (promise). Stressing out about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.
The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:
- Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
- Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
- Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.
Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.
3. Loosen Up.
After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense (Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?). Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation (it might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.