Simple ways to keep calm and carry on
If life is a little too hectic and you can feel yourself becoming irritable and snappy try these five minutes calming tricks which you can do virtually anywhere.
Now we are not talking a full yoga or transcendental meditation here as clearly you probably are not going to be able to fit that into your busy schedule.
The thing is you don’t need hours sitting in a quiet room, you can meditate anywhere. On the bus, at your desk, the kitchen table, or in the bath. Anywhere where you are able to sit down or relax for just a few minutes.
Sit down and focus on how your body feels. Start at your feet, and work your way up to your head and mentally do a body scan, noticing which parts of your body feel relaxed and which feel more tense. Don’t try to change anything – just build up a mental picture.
Recognise your stress
Generally the times we are most stressed is when we are focusing on our own problems, whatever form these may come in.
So for example, you may feel you have too much to do and too little time . Everything seems to be conspiring against you. Instead of focusing on the stress and irritation you are feeling, think about the people around you who are affected by your grumpiness.
Gratitude is a very powerful and mood changing emotion. So, now however difficult it maybe instead of focusing inwardly on all your stuff, think of all the good things in your life. And there will be many I promise you. Your health, your friends, family, home, partner, dinner to-night, in fact anything that is nice in your life.
Focus on your breathing, counting as you breathe in and as you breathe out. You don’t need to change the pattern of your breathing – just count from one to ten and repeat for a minute or two.
Set your mind free
Try to think of nothing – but if your mind won’t let you do that – let it do its own thing and metaphorically run free.
A few minutes of the above exercise will leave you feeling more relaxed and give you a renewed perspective and clarity on life.