Sometimes life can become overwhelming. Calm your mind! Certain situations can simply become too much to handle. Stress levels can rise to the point of becoming a health hazard. When your body is pumped full of adrenaline, cognitive function can become impaired.
You have probably experienced this before, when you’ve experienced a situation that has been very stressful, and reacted in a certain way. Yet, for some reason — hours later when you have fully calmed down, you come up with other, more effective ways you could have dealt with the situation.
This is not an unusual thing. It happens to most of us at some point in our lives, be it in the workplace, or within our own homes.
At these times, it is especially helpful to know how to keep calm. Or cool down your mind once it has gone into overdrive. It’s better that you are able to calm down within seconds and do the correct thing, rather than regretting your actions hours later. Fortunately, certain techniques exist that you can learn and use straight away to achieve a calm and tranquil mind, almost instantly.
Once applied, these methods will aid you to stay cool in even the most demanding situations. Other people will begin to ask how on earth you manage to stay so calm in such difficult times.
Breathing exercises can help calm your mind, increase oxygen to the brain, and release “feel good” endorphins into the body, even if practiced only briefly. The aim is to breathe in as slowly as you can, hold for a second or two, then out slowly. Try to keep the rhythm regular, to a certain count.
For example, take 2-4 seconds breathing in, hold for 1 second, then breathe out for 2-4 seconds. One of the best methods is the 7-1-7 rhythm. Take 7 seconds to breathe in, hold for 1 second, then 7 seconds to breathe out. Try to do this for 10 breaths, for up to 3 “sets”. The 7-1-7 rhythm will be hard to do at first, so start with whatever you are comfortable with, and work your way up to 7 seconds over time.
When doing a breathing exercise, make sure they are “belly breaths”. This means you expand your abdomen when you breath in, to suck in more air and stretch the diaphragm muscle. Even one single deep belly breath can calm your mind a huge amount in stressful situations.
This is designed to be an activity in which the brain is engaged just enough to slow down the repetitive thoughts allowing you to concentrate without draining you. After a few minutes of coloring, you will realise that your focus has shifted from your problems allowing you to enjoy the color therapy.
Calming effects allow you to access your inner creativity, balancing your physical, spiritual and emotional well-being. Tap into the wonder of yourself when you are in harmony, balance and tranquility.
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A little known technique to calm your mind is simply reading. When you are overwhelmed by emotion, be it panic, fear or even anger, reading something can distract the mind enough for the body to calm down, allowing you to think clearly.
It doesn’t matter what you read, but it seems that the more boring the writing is, the better. Trying to read and understand something that you have no interest in seems to really calm the mind. Sounds wacky, but give it a try!
Staying in the present
Focusing on the present, and the sensations in your physical body can keep you “out of your own head” long enough to calm the mind. Staying in the present means not thinking about things that haven’t happened yet, and not thinking about things in the past. Also, try to focus on physical sensations by paying attention to each of the five senses.
What can you hear, right now? What can you see? What can you smell or feel? Really concentrate, down to the tiniest detail. Feel the clothes next to your skin, the heat or cold of the environment. Hear sounds you normally don’t notice — the humming electrical appliances, the birds outside. Look slowly around the room, mentally list and describe everything you can see. Staying in the present, physically and mentally can bring instant calm to your mind.
Use any of the above techniques to calm your mind, even in the most stressful of encounters. Each can be used straight away when you need it, or if practiced regularly enough, can act as a way to keep you calm and stable at all times.