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7 WAYS TO STAY CALM

One in five of us admits to feeling angrier these days. Cue the pandemic, increased cost of living and ongoing global events. It’s little wonder we’re feeling the toll on our emotional and physical wellbeing. Here’s some tips to find your inner chill..

RESIST THE TECH TEMPTATION

“One of the reasons we feel so anxious is because we tend to live in a way that’s very reactionary,” says Mr. Jay Shetty, Author of Think Like A Monk. We wake up and right away we check our phones, look at social media, the news and emails, and that sets our thoughts and minds spinning. If we want a more calm, positive or focused attitude (who doesn’t?!), we have to choose that mindset. Just like we have a routine for putting on our clothes, we can have a routine for putting on our mindset.”

CUT THE COFFEE

Easier said than done, we know. But there’s no denying coffee is a stimulant and most definitely ramps up any pre-existing feelings of stress and anxiety. If you’re a multiple cup per day person, try cutting back to just one, or if your daily coffee regime is one and done, attempt a decaf replacement. Cutting the routine is half the battle, and decaf is nowhere near as bas as you think! Keen to take it one step further? Replace your beans with a herbal brew. Research published in Nutrition and Food Science confirms that one-to-three cups of herbal infusions a day benefit sleep quality (chamomile) and stress (lemon balm).

EMBRACE A RELAXED LOOK

A power suit and killer heels almost act like a protective layer of armour and with it stimulate an air of authority and mindset to match. Try employing some nerve-calming nuances in your work week repertoire, and layer with a scent that evokes happy memories of loved ones.

“Taking time to contemplate what you’re grateful for reduces the stress level, cortisol by 23%, University of California researchers found.”

COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS

For a piece of inner-calm, try a gratitude boosting meditation technique from the Buddhist Naikan practice in which you ask yourself three reflecting questions: what have I received from X, what have I given to Y and what troubles and difficulties have I caused? Taking time to contemplate what you’re grateful for reduces the stress level, cortisol by 23%, University of California researchers found.

REACH FOR VITAMIN C

It is said that hearty, regular doses of vitamin C act as a pacifier to the body’s fight-or-flight hormone secreting response. Foods high in C include blackcurrants, broccoli, blueberries, guava, kiwi fruits, oranges, papaya, strawberries, and sweet potato. Fill up that fruit bowl.

SERENE SCREENS

Select a screen image for your smartphone that acts as a reminder for you to take one deep breath before you answer any calls. Research suggests this simple tactic will help you feel better, and you’ll sound clam, relaxed and more confident on your call.

TREE TIME

Adding greenery to an everyday journey can make your walk, ride or drive to and from work less stressful. Many of us are guilty of bypassing a nearby ocean or park to save time, essentially prioritising work over a moment of mindfulness. Break the habit, leave earlier – take the long road.

 

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