Welcome To The Art Of Inner Awesomeness Video Series
Sometimes life can become overwhelming.
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.
Watch this video and learn how to stay calm.
Let’s do a quick recap.
Breathing exercises can help calm the 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.
When doing a breathing exercise, make sure they are “belly breaths”. This means you expand your abdomen when you breathe 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.
A little-known technique for calming the 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 three techniques to achieve a calm 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.
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