8 Mindfulness Exercises That Will Calm You Down InstantlyNone None
You know how it feels when stress starts to infect you from the outside in—you might tense up, your stomach may hurt, or you might even find yourself feeling totally numb. One of the most helpful actions you can take in the moment is to pause, evaluate your mental state, and pull yourself out of a heightened state of anxiety and back down to a calm, clear-minded base. In her book, Stress Less: Stop Stressing, Start Living, mindset coach and yoga teacher Kate Hanley offers 100 simple mindfulness exercises to help you do just that. We share eight of our favorites below.
Inhale Calm, Exhale Stress
Here’s a way your breath can come to your rescue. Try this: As you inhale, imagine calm pervading every cell of your body, carried in by your breath. As you exhale, visualize every iota of angst you’ve got being drawn out of your body where it can evaporate into the air. Repeat as many times as you like, but know that even one of these breaths—done with intention—can create a noticeable change.
Just One Question
Stress can make everything feel urgent, which makes it hard to decide what to do next. Step out of the swirl by sitting still long enough to take a nice full breath, in and out. Then ask: What do I most need right now? Whatever answer bubbles up, resist the urge to question or dismiss it. Instead, honor it the best you can in this particular moment. Asking helps you see that you know more about what you need in any given moment than you might think you do.
Watch the Clouds
Clouds are near