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6 ways to feel calmer every day

Posted: by Natasha Tuesday, 31 October 2017 @ 13:07

 

Just breathe

Taking control of your natural breathing patterns is one of your body’s best in-built defences against stress. One popular breathing method is known as Sama Vritti, or ‘equal breathing’. This consists of breathing deeply in on a count of 4, and breathing deeply out on a count of 4.

Savour the little moments in every day

Sometimes, when you have a lot on your plate, focusing on the big picture can be overwhelming. It is important to appreciate life’s small joys, such as your morning coffee or the natural beauty of your walk to work. Keeping a gratitude journal is a good prompt to savour at least one thing that made you happy each day.

Take a break from screens  

In today’s multi-screen world, it is all too easy to be ‘hyperconnected’: constantly posting on multiple social media platforms, an engaging with many information streams. Unfortunately, research has shown that constant exposure to information, whether it’s negative news streams or aspirational Instagrams, can have a detrimental impact on our mental health. Try unplugging for a short period of time every day to help alleviate stress and appreciate the here and now.

Get a good night’s sleep

It may be difficult to get a full 8 hours sleep every night, especially during life’s busy periods; however getting enough sleep is one of the most basic and effective ways to improve your emotional (and physical) wellbeing. Studies have shown that sleep is truly a mental health elixir and a lack of sleep can make it difficult to regulate your emotions.

Remember to take a break

All too often, we pressure ourselves to ‘do it all’, which leads to fatigue and emotional burnout. It is important to accept yourself wholly. Every person has their strengths and weaknesses, and celebrating your own is key to feeling calmer and happier. Cut yourself some slack; take joy in those things you are good at and give yourself respite from situations that cause you unnecessary stress or self-doubt.

Share your feelings

There is power in accepting and talking about your worries and anxieties. So many of us try to self-manage our emotions by bottling them up, but that can occasionally cause emotional outbursts that are upsetting or confusing to those around us. Be honest with those you love. If you’re struggling, don’t be afraid to reach out for support. 

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