🧠 Our brains are constantly at work, forever adapting in response to our thoughts, feelings, actions, and reactions. Sometimes these stimuli help strengthen the brain, forming neural pathways, adding gray matter, and aiding in cognition. When it’s stress or negativity that our brain is responding to, the effects can prove depleting and damaging.
When we feel stress begin to creep in, the best way to combat it–to keep it from harming our brains–is to take a break. 🧘
Here’s an exercise we find helpful to help keep the mind calm:
🔸 Set aside ten minutes in the morning and again in the afternoon and then:
✔️Find a quiet place free from noise and distraction.
✔️Sit comfortably and take five deep breaths, feeling the relaxation that they bring.
✔️Close your eyes and gently follow your breathing.
🔸 When the ten minutes are up, don’t bound out of your chair, instead:
✔️Feel the relaxation in your body.
✔️Appreciate the quiet in your mind.
✔️You may visualize yourself in a peaceful setting, such as lying in a hammock or on a beach.
After a minute or so, get up and return to your day. This last part, where you allow peace and quiet to settle in, lets your brain know that you appreciate being calm. You teach it to seek this calm again, so that day by day, it becomes a natural, more easily accessed part of you.
💭 Share with our community: What works for you to help calm the mind?
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