Our days aren’t slowing down and neither is the world around us, so it’s just getting more important to take care of ourselves over the course of the day.
You may not have time for an extended lunch break, but it’s important to interrupt the frenzy with a moment of calm to tamp down your stress levels. Fortunately there are multiple ways to accomplish this when you have the right tools at your disposal.
Pick one that’s right for you or rotate several for variety and gentle stimulation.
A calming beverage
The options are multiplying well beyond reliable standbys such as green or herbal teas, which are themselves an excellent choice.
Drinks containing l-theanine, an amino acid that calms the mind while sharpening its focus, could be ideal.
Interest in CBD-infused drinks is surging, but it’s a good idea to watch your intake at first, starting at 25 milligrams or less.
Breathwork may sound a little too much like it’s just more work to do, but keep an open mind.
Prescribed routines such as box breathing, 4-7-8 exercises, and coherent breathing have been proven to promote relaxation and provide a chance to center yourself. Apps and YouTube channels galore are available to provide guidance.
Aromatherapy has been developed over centuries and you can use a diffuser to evoke any mindset or feeling you’re seeking.
Rosemary, lavender, ylang-ylang and bergamot are renowned for their ability to soothe, while peppermint, spearmint and citrus oils like lemon and sweet orange are ideal for boosting energy and concentration.
A moment or two of silent meditation is one of the most effective ways to ease stress and refresh your outlook.
Many people find this easier to do when fixing their gaze on a fixed point. While any object can work, some can be more effective, especially when you’re tied to a desk or table. For example, try a candle, incense burner, plant or singing bowl.