Breathe your way into a calm and centered day

Breathe Your Way Into a Calm and Centered DayDo you often feel stressed, anxious or overworked throughout the day? The truth is, many of us typically do, and it often seems like there's no way to minimize it. But here's the thing -- there's actually something very quick and easy you can do first thing in the morning to help ease your mind and calm your heart - MEDITATION.

It may sound taboo to some, but a few minutes meditating in the morning can actually keep you extremely mindful and centered all day long. Before you knock it, why not give it a try? What do you have to lose after all? Here's what to do:

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  • Locate a quiet and calm place to lie down
  • Lie on a flat surface and close your eyes
  • Place your right hand on your heart and left hand on your stomach
  • Breathe in through your nose and focus on feeling your left hand lift
  • As your breathe in think about the number one
  • Breathe out through your nose and think of a word
  • Breathe in again, this time thinking of the number two
  • Exhale through your nose and think of your chosen word
  • Continue this through number 10
This will help re-focus your mind and bring inner peace. Happy meditating!

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Breathe your way into a calm and centered day

Get moving

Go on a run, take a class, scope out YouTube for workouts, dance to your favorite song, literally anything to get the blood in your body flowing.

Listen to music

We all have a playlist set for when we want a boost or just feel some sort of relieve. It's time to turn up that playlist and not care who hears.

Figure out the cause of your stress

Whether it be your job, your relationship, your friends, your family, it's almost inhuman to say things don't get overwhelming once in a while. Figure out the main cause of your stress and make decisions going forward on how to delete it from your life.


We are only given one life to live. So it's important to take time from all things hectic and just BREATHE.

Get your grub on

There are foods that can specifically target your stress and ensure you feel better as you consume it.

Make a list

Sometimes a little organization is all you need to think straight. 


The saying is true! Laughter IS the best medicine. Get tickets to a comedy show, watch a comedy special, or spend 20 minutes watching Vines, you'll surely laugh out loud and relieve some stress.

Learn to say "no"

Putting yourself first is really important when it comes balancing your mind, body, and soul. Learn to say no because true friends/boyfriends/girlfriends will understand.

Call a friend

Catching up with an old friend is the perfect way to feel more relaxed. Not only do you catch up with their lives, but they catch up with yours. Venting is great for stress relief.

Take a hot shower

A hot shower can really do wonders. This is your time to unwind and let all your stress go down the drain.

Give yourself a hand massage

No time? No problem! Give yourself a hand massage. This relief of tension is especially good if you work using a keyboard everyday.

Try acupressure

Acupressure is a kind of touch therapy that works by balancing the circulation of fluids and energies in the body. Use the thumb and forefinger to massage the soft area between the thumb and index finger of the other hand. Dab on some lavender oil for extra relaxation. (via Greatist)

Rub your feet over a golf ball

Leave the clubs at home and just bring the ball. You can get an impromptu relaxing foot massage by rubbing your feet back and forth over a golf ball. (via Greatist

Brush Your Hair

Really, it looks like a rat’s nest. Even if you’ve already done your 100 strokes for the day, repetitive motions such as running a brush through your hair, washing dishes, or knitting can cause the body to relax. (via Greatist

Find the Sun

Here comes the sun—and some stress relief. If it’s a sunny day, head outside for an easy way to lift your spirits. Bright light can be an effective treatment for people who suffer from depression, and can even cheer up otherwise healthy folks. (via Greatist

Get Organized

A stack of papers, three tape dispensers, a bunch of misshapen paperclips: All this clutter could be contributing to stress. Take a few minutes to reorganize your desk (or table, or wherever you are), leaving just what you need on top. (via Greatist


Standing up for a quick stretch can relieve muscle tension and help us relax during a stressful workday. Why not try a shoulder roll-out or a chest-opening stretch right from the desk chair? (via Greatist

Do a Crossword Puzzle

Number 10 across: Anxious, overwhelmed, or freaking out (seven letters). If you guessed “Stressed,” you’re in good shape to try some crossword puzzles. Brain games that require lots of concentration can help take our mind off whatever’s worrying us. (via Greatist

Try aromatherapy

It takes just a minute to drip some lavender, tea tree, or another essential oil into your palm and inhale. The soothing scents may help send stress and anxiety packing by stimulating smell receptors in the nose that connect to the part of the brain that regulates emotions. (via Greatist)  

Nose Full of Coffee

Wake up and smell the latte. Just the odor of coffee can help reduce stress hormones—no sipping required . (Just be sure not to burn the tip of your nose.) (via Greatist

Cuddle with a pet

A boyfriend or girlfriend is okay, but they’re (usually) not furry enough. After a rough day, snuggle up with a pet for an instant slobbery smile, since pets can boost self-esteem and even ease the sting of social rejection. (via Greatist

Enjoy a cup of tea

Grab a box of tea bags at your local dollar store so you have them on hand when you feel inclined to relax. You can even grab a decorative tea cup while you are there to enjoy it in. (via Premeditated Leftovers

Lotion up

Buy some scented lotion at your local dollar store and take the time to lotion up. It will help ease muscle aches and the aroma will allow you to relax. (via Premeditated Leftovers)  

Read a book

Download one of the many available free eBooks to your Kindle or eReader. When you need a few minutes to relax, you will have one on hand to enjoy. (via Premeditated Leftovers)

Write in a journal 

Buy a decorative notebook at your local dollar store so you can jot down thoughts and worries. Putting them on paper will help clear your mind and put you at ease. (via Premeditated Leftovers)

Arrange some flowers

Go outside and pick an assortment of blooms. Take the time to care for them and arrange them in a vase. It will make you feel creative and relaxed. (via Premeditated Leftovers)

Paint your nails

Grab an inexpensive bottle of nail polish and treat yourself to a manicure. It will feel great and help you look great too! (via Premeditated Leftovers

Dust your home

Some people feel relaxed when they clean. Grab a duster and go to town! Not only will you feel better, but your home will look better too. (via Premeditated Leftovers

Blow bubbles

Blowing bubbles can help you to relax naturally. So grab a bottle and blow bubbles just like you did when you were a kid. (via Premeditated Leftovers)  

Watch a favorite movie

Is there a movie you can’t get enough of? Push play and enjoy it. Let yourself sink into the couch and get lost in the flick. You can even rent one for around $1 from RedBox or stream from Netflix. (via Premeditated Leftovers)  


The smell of home baked cookies or cake can be quite relaxing. Grab an inexpensive box mix or your favorite recipe and whip up a batch for your family to enjoy. (via Premeditated Leftovers)  

Plant something

Digging in the dirt can be relaxing. Take a few minutes to plant some bulbs or seeds. Your dollar store should have a nice selection. (via Premeditated Leftovers)  

Play with make up

Take a few minutes to play with make up. Put on lipstick, blush, and try some different shadow colors. You will feel beautiful and the self pampering is therapeutic. (via Premeditated Leftovers)

Enjoy a fire

Make a bonfire or a fire in your fireplace. If you don’t have either of these things, light a candle. Focus on the light and let the aroma relax you and help you unwind. (via Premeditated Leftovers

Turn off the lights

Sometimes it’s just too bright where you are, and turning off the lights can help you think, and help your mind relax. This is even more true when the sun has gone down, or if you’re pulling a late night. Having artificial lights on takes you out of the circadian rhythm and can make you feel more stressed for longer periods of time. Using fluorescent lights can be very draining, and this can also lead to increased feelings of overwhelm. You don’t have to go to sleep, but being in the dark can help you calm down, relax, and focus your thoughts more clearly on your desired outcome. (via Bembu

Fix something

If you’re having problems in one area of your life, it can be therapeutic to fix something in an unrelated area. It can be anything, from a leaking faucet to other minor home repairs, or even a relationship with someone that’s been a bit rocky lately.(via Bembu

Use baoding balls

You’ve probably seen these before in movies, but they really exist, and they’re supposed to help you destress and feel more at peace. The beauty is that you don’t really have to do anything special in order to use them, just holding them in your hands gets the job done. (via Bembu

Unplug the TV

Even though watching your favorite TV show might help to relieve your stress, it’s going to be packed with commercials advertising foods and products that you don’t really need, and that will just make you feel worse. If you really want to watch your show, consider getting a Netflix subscription so you can bypass all of the ads and just watch what you want to watch. (via Bembu

Read a biography

Choose someone you look up to, someone that you would consider a mentor if you had access to them personally, and read about their life. Undoubtedly there will be a section or sections on how they overcame a difficult situation to reach success. (via Bembu

Learn a new language

But seriously, anything that helps the brain to grow and develop will help it cope with what it’s presented with in your day to day life. In the short term it’s a way to get your mind off of what is stressing you out. (via Bembu


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