Less Stress in 60 Seconds

Stress and anxiety are no fun. Here’s a simple yet effective way to reclaim your inner peace:

1. Believe

In order for this, or any other, technique to be effective, you must be open-minded and believe you have the power over your emotions.

Remember: Whether you believe you can or you believe you cannot, you’re right.

2. Find a Comfortable Position

Whether seated or standing, your spine should be in an upright position, shoulders back inline with your ears. Release all tension from the hands and abdomen.

3. Harness the breath

 Inhale through your nose for 3 seconds, exhale through the nose for 6 seconds. If your nose is clogged, use your mouth. This ancient cadence and focus on the breath heights self-awareness.

4. Close Your Eyes and Smile

 Relax the forehead and focus on making your eyes (yes, your eyes) smile. Scientific data suggests softening the eyes and making a half-grin with one’s mouth helps to activate the parasympathetic nervous system and quiet one’s sympathetic, “fight or flight,” system.

Remain like this–-using the breath as an anchor-–for 60 seconds, or 60 minutes. Ideally, take 1 minute every waking hour for this practice, as a way to remain balanced, calm, and focused.

The next time you feel stressed, please remember you have the power to alter your mood, and then employ this or another technique to reclaim your emotions.